3 Vegetarian food places you must visit in Birmingham this Christmas
Foodie places you need to visit this Christmas in Birmingham
This time I year, I love nothing more than going to Birmingham with friends and family for a shopping spree and strolling down the German Market on a cold winters evening enjoying a variety of festive food & drinks to warm up.
Recently, I had a jam-packed day in Birmingham to review a number of festive food places, in between each food stop I did my Christmas shopping and browsed the market all the way down to the wheel outside Millennium Point. It was such a lovely festive-filled day and I got to enjoy lots of delicious food and drink, so I thought it would make a great post for those who are looking for foodie places to go over the festive season, especially if your vegetarian or vegan and struggle to find festive inspired food places to eat at this time of year.
Start the day with a hot chocolate at Hotel Chocolat
After getting the train into Birmingham, I started the day by visiting the new Hotel Chocolat Café located on New Street, to sample a variety of hot chocolates and ice creams. If you’re a chocolate junkie like me, this is a must visit! Christmas wouldn’t be complete without warming up with a cup of hot chocolate. I got to sample the ‘Salted Caramel & Clementine’ and ‘Winter Spiced’ and they were out of this world, the chunky bits of clementine sprinkled on the thick & creamy topping was heavenly, I’ve been craving it ever since! If those aren’t for you there’s also a chilli, hazelnut, white vanilla and dark mint etc. Prices start from regular £3.50 – large £4.95.
Head to Not dogs for a festive vegetarian lunch
After working up an appetite shopping, I stopped off at Not Dogs for lunch, its located-on Link Street between the Bullring and Grand Central. They invited me to sample their entire Vegetarian/Vegan Christmas food menu. I had heard some great things about it from other bloggers, so I was really looking forward to trying it out, as it’s a must visit if you’re a vegetarian or vegan looking for tasty fast food in Birmingham.
I started with the ‘Burger with bells on’ – a chicken style burger topped with fresh spinach, sage and onion stuffing, house-made cranberry sauce and a dash of Not Dogs mayonnaise. Firstly, on Christmas day my plate is usually filled up high with cranberry sauce, so I absolutely loved the full size cranberry bits. The burger has been created to be like the traditional left-over Christmas bap we stuff our faces with in front of the soaps on Christmas evening, so this was so festively-satisfying!
If you don’t fancy paying for a ridiculously overpriced frankfurter hot dog at the German Market, or if your vegetarian and don’t want to miss out on a hot dog, then the ‘Santa’s Stilton Surprise’ is for you. It’s a Quorn Not Dog topped with Christmas-spiced caramelised red onions finished with a sprinkling of crumbled stilton.
A festive menu wouldn’t be complete without something sweet, so Not Dogs have created ‘The Gingerbread cream shake’ it’s a deliciously creamy gingerbread shake topped with cream and a cute little gingerbread man. I’m not usually a fan of gingerbread, but I loved this!
Complete the evening with a three course vegan Christmas meal
To complete the festive-filled day in Birmingham, I highly recommend you visit Natural Healthy Foods located on Suffolk Street Queensway, opposite the Mailbox for an evening of incredible flavoursome vegan food. You can enjoy two courses for £18.95 or three courses for £22.95. Healthy Natural Foods is vegan, plant based, organic and gluten-free plus they use only coconut oil and pink Himalayan salt to cook and season the food.
For starters you can choose from ‘Herb crusted Goats Cheeze with pickled beetroot and spiced pear’ or ‘Parsnip soup with roasted chestnuts & curried oil’, both are presented beautifully and full of flavour. For your mains you can pick from ‘Roasted aubergine with baba ghanoush, wild mushroom sauce and cranberry crumb’ or ‘Squash nut roast with roasted roots and onion gravy’ accompanied with the most amazing roasters and sprouts I’ve ever had! - ‘Rosemary roast potatoes and miso sprouts’, I loved them that much I’m visiting again just to eat them! An evening wouldn’t be complete without indulging into something sweet, however, at Natural Healthy Foods all their desserts are free from refined sugar so there’s no guilt, you can choose from ‘spiced chocolate orange cheesecake with vanilla coconut yoghurt’ or ‘Cinnamon pouched pear & ginger cake with sour cherry ice cream’. The orange cheesecake was amazing, I’ve been craving it ever since!
If you want to find out more about Natural Healthy Foods, you can read my full review of their vegan Christmas menu. I hope this post has given you some festive-inspiration on some of the best foodie places in Birmingham to visit this Christmas, vegetarian or not!
Disclaimer: All food & drink was complimentary. Photos and words are my own.