The prospect of a weekend away can sometimes fill you with dread at the thought of how much money you’ll spend whilst on your retreat. Fortunately, for those on a budget, it doesn’t have to break the bank, with many city breaks offering a multitude of affordable hotels, activities and restaurants to maintain your frugal habits.
You can find hotels in Birmingham to suit your budget easily in the heart of the city, offering affordable comfort and excellent locations for your budget break.
Venture into the city and find a perfect eatery to tickle your tastebuds. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get good quality food and Birmingham has a huge range of restaurants to choose from.
If you’re hankering for a good pie, head to Urban Pie in the Bullring Shopping Centre. For a meagre £3.95, you can get generous portions of great quality meal. It’s well worth meandering the maze of the Bullring to find the hearty meals that this place provides.
Deep in the heart of the business district, you will find a huge number of excellent quality high-end restaurants – some of which offer top notch gourmet food for reasonable prices. You can dine at Purnell’s, the Michelin star establishment, which offers 2 course lunches for £22. Alternatively, across the road is the highly acclaimed Opus, offering culinary delights for a reasonable price, including beautifully tasting daily specials.
As far as burger lunches go, the Handmade Burger Co. excels in its field. With succulently meaty burgers on chunky sourdough buns, it’d be hard to find a burger with better value.
If you fancy a curry, head for Asha’s on Newall Street. Offering evening mains from a tenner, this fabulous Indian restaurant provides its diners with a sensational authentic curry, with quality flavours and substantial portions.
For a spot of modern culture, pop over to the Ikon contemporary art gallery in Brindleyplace. Once you have admired the exhibitions homed there, take time out to enjoy the atmosphere of Cafe Ikon. The Good Food Guide has recommended its Spanish menu, which offers a range of rustic Iberian dishes, from tapas dishes to paella and everything inbetween.
If you fancy something different, make your way through along Allison Street and you’ll find the headquarters of Friends of the Earth. As the name suggests, the businesses held here are eco-friendly and green. The Warehouse Cafe is an award winning vegetarian restaurant, serving exciting innovative fare which focuses on seasonal, organic produce. Light bites can cost around a fiver, with a main meal hovering around the £8 region – not bad for excellent vegetarian cuisine.
Whatever dining experience you choose, Birmingham will be sure to provide high quality eateries at reasonable prices. Combine an affordable lunch or dinner with a night on the town experiencing some of the city’s booming nightlife, and you can be sure to enjoy your break in the cosmopolitan city of Birmingham in the heart of the Midlands.
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