What is Dine Birmingham?
Established in 2011, Dine Birmingham is an online food and drink guide, regularly featuring news, events, offers and in-depth restaurant reviews by real local diners.
We share news and tips on Twitter and Facebook, and we also send regular emails keeping our subscribers up to date with the local gastronomic scene.
Who are we?
Our contributors are all local foodies who love writing. We probably spend far too much time sipping coffee in independent cafes, dining out in restaurants, and braving the queues at the latest street food shindig.
You’ll find one or more of us glass in hand at any new bar opening, or overspending on locally-sourced chutney at any farmer’s market. As long as it’s in Birmingham and the West Midlands, we’ve got it covered.
Dine Birmingham is something between TripAdvisor and The Michelin Guide.
All of our contributors are local experts with plenty of dining out and writing under their belts. So our reviews are knowledgeable, detailed and in-depth.
But at the same time, we don’t tell you what to think.
Food and drink is a matter of taste, so we’re just as interested in hearing from our readers on social media, as we are in sharing our experiences and tips with you.
We are passionate about championing Birmingham and the West Midlands. All of us are locals, and have an interest in the delicious and developing food and drink scene.
That being said, we’re not afraid to give frank critiques. Our reviews are always honest, and that means if a waiter was rude or a burger was overcooked, you’ll hear about it. Even if it was a complimentary meal, which we do get invited to from time to time.
We prefer to write about local, independent businesses – they are usually the most interesting and they deserve all the support they can get.
But we also cover non-independents if we feel there’s something going on that our readers would like to know about.
Finally, we are a media platform and as such we do accept advertising and sponsorship where appropriate.
Any content that has been paid for is clearly marked as ‘Sponsored Feature’, and is different from Reviews, which we never accept payment for.
2011 The Beginning
Dine Birmingham launched as an online and social media food guide for Birmingham and the West Midlands.
2012 The Team Grows
Local diners and food bloggers invited to become contributors, creating a broad and balanced guide
2013 #FutureFoodies Fair
Our showcase of 20 local food and drink traders at Hotel La Tour attracts 500 visitors
2014 Midlands Media Awards
Readers across the Midlands voted Dine Birmingham the winner of the Public Choice category, beating the Birmingham Post and ITV Central
2014 Birmingham Independent Food Fair
Fully-fledged food festival at Millennium Point attracts 1,500 visitors, eager to try food and drink from 40 local traders, restaurants and bars
2015 Birmingham Independent Food Fair returns
Ahmed Ahmed (Editor)
Lives in Moseley
Massive fan of Tapas and Mediterranean food
Pet Peeve is Sloppy service
Most often seen at The Prince of Wales
I started Dine Birmingham because no-one was really shouting about the fantastic food and drink scene in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
With a background in freelance travel writing and online marketing, I was keen to create a truly local and high quality guide for the city I love.
I also write on food and drink for other publications including Time Out, the Birmingham Mail and Olive magazine.
Lives in Shirley
Massive fan of Eastern European food
Pet Peeve is Unimaginative veggie options
Most often seen at The Karzcma
I’m a vegetarian blogger and a food writer for the Express and Star. My culinary adventures are often inspired by my Ukrainian and Polish heritage.
Growing up in Birmingham, I’ve seen it change into a sophisticated gastro destination with cuisines for all tastes and budgets.
Visit my vegetarian food blog Word in Veg Ways
Lives in Worcestershire
Massive fan of Indian food
Pet Peeve is White sugar in coffee
Most often seen at Itihaas Brasserie
Virginia Woolf once said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
What do I think? Life’s too short to eat bad food! There are so many great places to eat in Birmingham and beyond, and I’m on a mission to try them out.
I’ve written for a number of other publications including What’s On, and I also blog about beauty, skincare and fashion.
Visit my blog Bella and Robot
Lives in Sutton Coldfield
Massive fan of Steak and Spanish Food
Pet Peeve is Overcooked food
Most often seen at Fiesta del Asado
Having lived in Birmingham since my uni days, my love affair with Birmingham’s food and drink scene is still going strong.
It’s got a host of fantastic restaurants, a buzzing street food scene and cocktails galore. I wouldn’t be seen eating anywhere else!
Visit my food blog The Gastronomic Gorman
Lives in Warwickshire
Massive fan of Independent cafes and tea shops
Pet Peeve is Cold food
Most often seen at Urban Coffee Company
Food is one of my biggest loves, and you’ll happily find me trying anything from vintage tea shops to fine dining restaurants.
There’s always something happening in Birmingham and so I get plenty of opportunity to taste and write about it afterwards!
Visit my food and lifestyle blog Glamour in the County
Lives in Quinton
Massive fan of Bibimbap, Malai Chicken and Ho Fun Noodles
Pet Peeve is Sticky tables, marked cutlery
Most often seen at Buonissimo
I write on food and drink for various media including Asian World. I’ve also organised gastro events ranging from champagne evenings to tea tastings.
I love that Birmingham now has so many cookery schools, Michelin-starred eateries, and a thriving street food and supper club scene. We’re definitely getting ahead in the culinary stakes.
Lives in Dudley Port
Massive fan of Real bread and street food
Pet Peeve is Slow service
Most often seen at Digbeth Dining Club
Food brings people together and I love every part of it. My whole career is catering and hospitality, so I know good food and good service, and really enjoy finding new places to eat.
It doesn’t have to be posh or expensive to be good, I find that the best places are where the people running it have passion for what they are doing.
Lives in Gravelly Hill
Massive fan of Prawns, udon and bubble tea
Pet Peeve is Excessive amounts of ice in drinks
Most often seen at Woktastic
Ask me to recall a memory and I’ll probably start with what I ate. I adore food and have received multiple injuries from trying to steal it off other people’s plates. When I’m not eating (or writing), I am creating.
Visit my cake business Paisley Immy Cakes
Lives in Solihull
Massive fan of Sushi
Pet Peeve is Fussy eaters
Most often seen at Miller & Carter
Food is my passion and I love trying all different varieties of cuisine.
Restaurants in Birmingham are so varied and I definitely feel Birmingham is becoming a foodie place to be!
Visit my blog Rosina’s Passion for Food
How to get featured
If you have a venue, event or product that you think our readers would be interested in, there are several ways to get featured on Dine Birmingham.
As well as posting restaurant reviews, we also publish news, event listings, offers and sponsored features.
Write for us
If you ‘d like to contribute to Dine Birmingham, you need to be local to the West Midlands, with a passion for food, drink and writing.
You should also be prepared to give honest reviews, which means being critical where necessary.
If you fancy it, drop us an email to contributors[at]dinebirmingham.co.uk
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