Three Birmingham restaurants have been named among the ‘best outdoor eating and drinking experiences’ in England.
Chung Ying Cantonese, Craft in the City Center and The Simpsons were among The Mail on Sunday’s â100 Best Places to Eat and Drink Out in Englandâ in 2021.
The guide was compiled by Mail on Sunday restaurant critic Tom Parker-Bowles and also features picks from Saturday Kitchen TV wine guru Olly Smith.
The top 100 was divided into geographies – London and the South East (1 to 38), Midlands and East Anglia (39 -62), North East / North West (63 – 81) and West Country (81- 100).
Chung Ying Cantonese topped the Midlands and East Anglia category at 39, followed by Craft at 41 and Simpsons at 42.
The guide named Barrafino tapas restaurant in Soho the best for outdoor dining in London and the South East; Pizza chain Crazy Pedros – which has branches in Manchester and Liverpool – leading the North East / North West category and in the West Country, The Fox’s Revenge in Newquay was named best for alfresco dining.
Chung Ying Cantonese has undergone a huge renovation to ensure it is Covid-safe for outdoor dining in the heart of Chinatown. It reopens on Monday April 12.
Earlier this year, owner James Wong was forced to permanently close his other Chung Yung Central restaurant on Colmore Row due to the pandemic. He said he was delighted with this honor.
Mr. Wong added, âConsidering the year we’ve had, this is a huge boost. We are really looking forward to welcoming our customers back to our new terrace.
At ICC, Craft’s outdoor dining pods have proven to be extremely popular with diners since the first lockdown ended in July 2020.
The restaurant reopens its terrace area from Wednesday April 14.
The Michelin-starred Simpsons will open its gardens for an outdoor dining pop-up from Wednesday April 17 to May 16.
Here’s what Tom Parker-Bowles said about each of the restaurants in Birmingham:
39. Chung Ying Cantonese
âOne of Birmingham’s oldest and most beloved Chinese restaurants. And they have built a heated covered outdoor patio for you to enjoy their homemade dim sum, steamed sea bass with black bean sauce. and all the other Cantonese classics. “
16-18, rue Wrottesley, B5 4RT
âBirmingham Craft has truly embraced the alfresco dining experience, with specially designed capsules (for two to four people) and pods (for four to eight people). The capsules are heated and have their own individual audio systems. So you can immerse yourself in the modern British menu (mackerel, cucumber and molasses bread; beef, onion and wild garlic) while browsing your Spotify classics.
The International Congress Center, ICC, 8 Centenary Square, B1 2EA
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42. Simpson Restaurant
“Birmingham Simpson’s is a Michelin-starred palace of pleasures. From April 14, you can enjoy its excellent cuisine (London smoke and smoked salmon; Cornish rump) in special outdoor tents.”
20, chemin Highfield, Edgbaston B15 3DU