Michelin star restaurants in the Midlands and Shropshire

Here in the Midlands and Shropshire we're very lucky when it comes to quality eateries - with dozens of great high-end restaurants scattered all over the region.

But, for the crème de la crème, check out these luxury Michelin-starred restaurants, included in the 2016 guide:

The Checkers - Montgomery

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On a roll – passion fruit mousse cannelloni with fresh berries at The Checkers

Described by our reviewer Andy Richardson as 'by some distance the best restaurant in Shropshire and Mid-Wales', this eatery offers a 'market menu' - they source what’s available at market on any given dishes.

Inspectors working for the Michelin Guide said the following about the Broad Street restaurant:

"Charming 18C coaching inn on the main square of a hilltop town, run by an enthusiastic Frenchman and his family. It has a characterful beamed lounge and a stylish two-roomed restaurant. 

"Seasonal menus offer a mix of modern and classical French dishes that are executed with a deft touch, and flavours are sharply defined. Elegant bedrooms are furnished with antiques."

Read our review on The Checkers here

Turners - Harborne, Birmingham

Turners' robust guinea fowl dish was served with sweetcorn, a mushroom puree and a jus roti

Upon inspection, Michelin Guide staff described Turners as a "busy neighbourhood restaurant in a suburban parade, smartly decorated with etched mirrors and velvet chairs; there are just eight neatly-set tables. 

"Visually impressive, confidently crafted, flavoursome dishes use top quality seasonal ingredients," they added.

"Cooking is classically based but has a modern touch."

Visit Turners' website here

Read our review of Turners here

Simpsons - Highfield Road, Birmingham

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A symphony of flavours – the delicate salmon with nasturtium at Simpsons

"Simpsons has re-invented itself in the most spectacular way and right now it’s got a pretty good claim to being the best in the West Midlands."

That was the view of our reviewer Andy Richardson after visiting the high-end eatery.

The Michelin Guide inspectors, meanwhile, described Simpsons as having "classically based menus showcase excellent quality produce and display subtle contemporary twists; flavours are distinct and combinations are carefully judged".

Read our review of Simpsons here

Carters of Moseley - Wake Green Road, Birmingham


"Lovely little neighbourhood restaurant with black ash tables and a glass-fronted cabinet running down one wall," remarked the Michelin Guide inspectors after visiting Carters.

"Each dish is made up of three key components - which can include some unusual ingredients; combinations are well-balanced and flavours are intense. The young team are friendly and engaging."

As well as being a new addition to the Michelin Guide, Carters has also been voted one of the top 100 Restaurants in the UK.

Visit the restaurant's website here

Adam's Restaurant - Bennett's Hill, Birmingham


Adam's was described by Michelin inspectors as "a bright, contemporary restaurant with a huge trompe l'oeil of a Victorian columned hallway. 

"Menus range from a three-choice, three-course set lunch menu to a five- or nine-course tasting menu with wine pairings. 

"Cooking is intricate, innovative and attractively presented, relying on top quality seasonal ingredients."

Adam’s was opened in 2013 by husband and wife team Adam and Natasha in a former sandwich shop. In the summer of 2015 they took on three floors of New Oxford House and, following renovations, moved into its new location in January (2016).

Visit their website here

Purnell's - Cornwall Street, Birmingham

Glynn Purnell
Glynn Purnell

Awarded its first Michelin star in January 2009, this restaurant was set up in July 2007 by award-winning chef Glynn Purnell.

Michelin Guide inspectors had the following to say about the eatery following their visit:

"A well-regarded restaurant with a passionate owner and a keen local following - you're encouraged to relax and enjoy your time here. 

"Start with a drink in the large bar, then move to the sleek dining room. Cooking is modern and refined; choose from the 'Now' or 'Reminisce' menu. 

"Service is smooth and friendly."

See the restaurant's website here

By Kirsten Rawlins

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