Birmingham has triumphed over London in a poll to find the UK’s culinary capital.
The city tasted success seeing off competition from across the British Isles to be crowned "Foodiest Town", beating London into fifth place.
The poll, which was organised by BBC food magazine Olive, scored seven towns on a range of credentials including food festivals, local food heroes and culinary heritage.
Birmingham scored 36 out of a possible 50 with an array of food claims to fame, including three Michelin-starred restaurants and being the birthplace of the balti, Bird’s Custard and HP Sauce.
Despite handing Birmingham the top spot, judges said the city was “underestimated” by people who had yet to sample the local cuisine.
Olive magazine editor Christine Hayes said: “Olive scored seven food hot spots on the same criteria and Birmingham’s stats tuned out to be most impressive.
“From the sublime of Glynn Purnell’s imaginative cooking, to the ridiculous of Cadbury’s Curly Wurly, Brum is a satisfying place to live in and visit.”
The Shropshire town of Ludlow came second, with judges commending its annual September food festival, real ales and independent food shops.
Tying for third place was the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray, home of the pork pie, and Edinburgh, which was labelled “cosmopolitan” in the poll.
London came fifth, losing marks for “making tourists think Angus Steakhouse and Garfunkels represent the best in UK culinary achievement”.