Birmingham now has four Michelin-starred restaurants in fine dining guide
Birmingham's growing reputation as a top food destination has been enhanced by the inclusion of a fourth city restaurant being awarded a Michelin star.
Adam's, in Bennetts Hill, in the city centre, has been included in the 2014 edition of the Michelin Guide, to join the three existing Birmingham restaurants - Purnell's, in the city centre, Simpsons, in Edgbaston, and Turners, in Harborne.
Adam's was opened as a pop-up restaurant by Adam Stokes this year, with a schedule to be open for 18 months while a more permanent venue is found.
Mr Stokes earned a Michelin Star and four AA Rosettes while working as head chef at Glennap Castle in Scotland in 2011.
He tweeted his pride at being included in the ultimate fine dining guide, describing it as a "huge honour".
Mr Stokes, who runs the restaurant with his wife Natasha, found out via Twitter that he had been awarded a Michelin star..
“It’s only when you get to the three star level they ring you up and tip you off, otherwise you find out the same time as everyone else,” he said.
“When I heard I was so excited – it’s the best thing to have happened in my professional career.”
He previously worked as head chef at Glenapp Castle in Scotland where he earned a Michelin star and four AA Rosettes before deciding to set up on his own.
“We chose Birmingham because it’s such a vibrant city and the restaurant scene is head and shoulders above any other English city outside London,” he said.
His restaurant has 25 covers and employs 12 people. It is now so popular there is a six week wait for a table for Saturday night and two weeks to dine there on a weekday.
The nine-course tasting menu costs £75 a head, a five-course menu will set you back £45, while a three-course lunch has a £25 price tag.
A Worcestershire pub, The Queens in Belbroughton, is also celebrating after being awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2014 Michelin guide.
There are only 143 of these in existence with the requirement being that the restaurant must provide a three course meal for £28 or less.
The Queens is one of 27 new entries this year and the only one in the Midlands.
It is a 16th century pub run by chef Andy Waters, who is due to open his new restaurant, Waters on the Square, in Chad Square, Edgbaston this autumn.
He said: “Being awarded a Bib Gourmand is a fantastic achievement for all The Queens team who put in so much hard work and dedication.”