Image: The Green Room

The new Great Birmingham 10k route is a celebration of city-centre landmarks, squares and new developments.

Starting in Southside near the Hippodrome Theatre, the 10k will pass Brum landmarks such as St Martin’s Church, Grand Central, The Mailbox, Broad Street and, for the first time, the Jewellery Quarter.

With such an eye-catching route thousands of runners, walkers and spectators will get the chance to sample some of Birmingham’s best independent and small restaurants, cafés and bars.

We’ve picked out 10 for the 10K for you to enjoy now or on Sunday, May 31.

See you there!

On your marks, get set, go... The Green Room café bar is perfectly placed near the start of the 10k.

Opposite the Birmingham Hippodrome it’s ideal if you want to combine something to eat and drink with a trip to the theatre.

A pre-theatre menu is served for three hours before each major show, which this year includes everything from Mamma Mia! and Les Misérables to comedy by Alan Carr.

Or pop in anytime to enjoy its home-cooked British menu, barista coffees and large selection of gins.


If you’re a fan of fried chicken and craft beers this small and intimate restaurant is the place for you.

Specialities include the Bonehead Burger, a fried chicken thigh with house seasoning, lettuce, gherkins and garlic mayo and Hothead Fries, waffle-style fries sprinkled in Nashville hot seasoning.

There’s a veggie option too. The Veghead Burger combines seasonal veg with lettuce, gherkins and mayo.


The 10k’s new route takes in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter for the first time.

Luckily for you there are plenty of bars and restaurants to whet your appetite.

The Button Factory bills itself as the Jewellery Quarter’s ‘hippest hangout’.

Housed in one of the area’s traditional buildings it has a roof garden where you can watch the world go by while enjoying a morning coffee, breakfast, a bottomless weekend brunch or late night dinner and cocktails.

If you need somewhere to stay book a room at the Frederick Street Townhouse boutique hotel next door.


Real ales, handcrafted cocktails and cocktail masterclasses are the signature of this grand old public house at the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.

When it comes to food think classic American diner-style gourmet dogs, stacked burgers and Cola glazed onions.

If you fancy celebrating with friends and family after the 10k you can hire its Grey Goose function room for free.


With its meat free menu the Hive Cafe & Bakery is perfect for vegans and vegetarians.

It serves delicious organic and freshly made meals, coffee, cakes and bread, some of which feature ingredients from its rooftop garden and micro farm.

Afterwards you can explore the building’s industrial heritage and the Jewellery Quarter through exhibitions and installations. It even has its own mini museum of Birmingham.


If you’re after an authentic taste of Italy the family-friendly Pasta Di Piazza is the place to go.

This Jewellery Quarter favourite in St Paul’s Square prides itself on using fresh Italian ingredients in its classic antipasti, pizza, pasta and desserts.

It’s not every day you get the chance to try a pizza inspired by a volcano either!

The Mount Vesuvius features Italian sausage, meatballs, mushrooms, chilli, olives and mozzarella.


This stylish boutique hotel is the perfect place to relax and celebrate after the 10k.

With luxury bedding and rainfall showers its 34 rooms are ideal for a post-race rest.

Then you can enjoy drinks in the bar and a meal in the restaurant, which offers everything from a quick bite to three course meals, including a bottomless Saturday brunch and Sunday lunch.

Go on treat yourself. You’ll deserve it.


Milan Indian Cuisine has been serving traditional yet innovative Indian food for more than 20 years.

The man behind the menu, Parvinder Singh Multani, was executive chef at the renowned Oberoi hotels in India before taking the helm at this Jewellery Quarter stalwart.

He’s built a reputation for a fresh and creative approach to Indian cuisine and is part of a modern generation of chefs who have helped elevate the humble curry to award-winning, fine dining status.


If you need a coffee or reviving smoothie at the end of the 10k you’ll be pleased to know it won’t be far to walk to the Java Roastery in Colmore Row.

Relax with one of its unique coffee blends or pick yourself up with an invigorating smoothie.

The independent coffee house, which is set in a Grade 1 listed Arts and Crafts building, also serves sandwiches, wraps, paninis, toasties and snack pots.

It’s a great place to meet friends and family after the run.


A newcomer to the city centre bar and restaurant scene, Henman & Cooper is the latest venue opened by Wayne Tracey, owner of nearby Theatrix and the legendary Snobs nightclub.

Housed in a beautiful Grade II-Listed Colmore Row building, Henman & Cooper features numerous spaces from basement to rooftop garden to enjoy a post-10k drink or bite to eat. 

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