We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us.
Welcome to The Wilderness.
Located on Dudley Street (just around the corner from The Electric cinema and a short walk from Grand Central), The Wilderness is a brilliant and completely new fine dining concept from the team behind cult restaurant, Nomad, and is set to take Birmingham’s culinary scene by storm. Big things are to come from this restaurant folks, trust us – ye be warned.
Taking you on a sensational culinary journey across Great Britain, guided by nature, memory and place, The Wilderness explores what it means to be an island nation – in terms of both produce and heritage. To have beautiful fish swim our shores, magnificent game roaming our forests and fragrant herbs and flowers gracing our fields. The Wilderness is a journey of discovery, a highly creative fine dining experience unlike any other in the city where your taste buds are taken on a personal (and immensely tasty) tour of The British Isles in a celebration of Great British produce. A collision of the theatrical and the exquisite, this is an immersive dining experience – a restaurant which tells a story of nature through food and drink – and is guaranteed to be a highly memorable foodie experience.
An ode to Great Britain, The Wilderness creates dishes using fresh, seasonal produce foraged (whether locally or from afar) from our island – imbuing each dish with a sense of nature, memory and place so as to convey the tale of The Wilderness. A multi-course tasting menu split into chapters, each inspiring the dishes within, begin your culinary journey with ‘dusk falling on a northern beach’ before travelling ‘into the woods’ and further on to ‘the retreat’. The concept of a narrative told through food and drink is one that excites us greatly, and The Wilderness executes it perfectly. The quality of the dishes, each bold and utterly marvellous (wood ants storming a picnic scene being up there with the best), speaks volumes not only for the immense skill of the chefs at The Wilderness but for their dedication to bringing something new and exciting to Birmingham’s foodie scene.
Note: The Wilderness can cater for pescatarian, vegetarian and gluten-free diets with advance notice.
In addition to the truly inspiring food, The Wilderness also boasts a rather magnificent drinks programme – headed by the award-winning Robert Wood. Alongside rare and unique wines (all very reasonably priced and the perfect accompaniment to your meal) and distinctive beers, The Wilderness also serves up some of the most unusual cocktails in the city. Now, these aren’t the fancy-pants cocktails you’re used to here in Brum. There are no garnishes and no shaking involved, none of it. The Wilderness spends weeks imbuing their cocktail mixes with different flavours (gin, green tea and elderflower being one such mix, butterscotch tasting scotch being another) so that when the time comes to order your drink, a glass is placed on a scale and the cocktail is simply poured out into the glass with no fanfare and is ready to drink within 10 seconds. It’s a game-changer folks. Nowhere else in Birmingham is doing anything like this, and we love it!
The restaurant itself is a work of art, literally. Crafted and assembled by the talented Stax Creations, the only way in which we can describe the interior decor is that a forest has been imported into the restaurant and gone wild. A leafy canopy and moss-covered walls dominate the restaurant, with a tree rising from the ground against one wall and rain cascading down the window. Whilst small (24 seats), The Wilderness really packs a punch, not only in terms of the decor but also in terms of the immensely high-quality food offering – and the intimate tables and woodland setting only adds to this brilliant dining experience. The interior forest combines with the sublime food and drink to tell the story of The Wilderness – and we guarantee this isn’t a story you’re likely to forget anytime soon.
Now offering Independent Birmingham Membership Card holders 5 courses with 5 matched drinks for just £50 (Wednesday – Saturday lunch, booking required) – for more information, and to book a table, you can visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter