Restau­rant is ‘sec­ond best in UK’

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - San­jeeta Bains Staff Re­porter

ADAM’S restau­rant in Birm­ing­ham has been named the sec­ond best in the UK – and 11th best in the world by cus­tomer re­view web­site TripAd­vi­sor.

The Miche­lin-starred restau­rant made num­ber seven in last year’s UK top ten in the an­nual TripAd­vi­sor Trav­ellers’ Choice awards for Res­tau­rants.

The list was de­ter­mined af­ter tak­ing into ac­count the quan­tity and qual­ity of re­views around the world over a 12-month pe­riod.

Adam’s, in Water­loo Street, which is owned by Adam Stokes and wife Natasha, was beaten to the UK top spot by Restau­rant Sat Bains in Not­ting­ham.

Nicola He­witt, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor at re­gional tourism body, the West Mid­lands Growth Com­pany, said: “Adam’s is a true re­flec­tion of the culi­nary scene in the West Mid­lands – world-class food and cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences – so it comes as no sur­prise that the restau­rant has re­ceived the ac­co­lade.”

Mr Stokes said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted. Fea­tur­ing sixth in Europe and 11th in the world shows how TripAd­vi­sor brings din­ers and res­tau­rants to­gether from across the globe.

“When my wife and I opened up nearly six years ago we had no idea how we would be re­ceived by Birm­ing­ham and the wider culi­nary au­di­ence. All I can say is it’s been amaz­ing.”

Mr Stokes first opened in Ben­nett’s Hill in 2013 as a popup restau­rant. He won a Miche­lin star for the city within six months and in 2016 Adam’s moved to the swankier Water­loo Street premises.

Adam’s has an im­pres­sive 2,146 five-star ‘ex­cel­lent’ rat­ings out of 2,378 re­views.

The num­ber one restau­rant in the world, ac­cord­ing to T r i p Ad v i s o r, is Au Croc­o­dile in France. Lo­cated in the city of Stras­bourg, the restau­rant holds a Miche­lin star un­der its head chef, Franck Pelux. Dishes on the menu in­clude roasted fil­let of veni­son, beets and pep­per sauce, pike perch poached, potato mousse and sauer­kraut ex­trac­tion and sea bream in a bread crust, candied cele­riac and smoked beurre blanc. Hay­ley Cole­man, TripAd­vi­sor spokes­woman, said: “Rather than a judg­ing panel, these awards are de­ter­mined by the mil­lions of re­views posted over 12 months from din­ers who have vis­ited the res­tau­rants. “To be not just named sec­ond best in the UK but sixth in Europe and 11th in the world, demon­strates the in­cred­i­ble work that the team at Adam’s are putting in to de­liver the best ex­pe­ri­ence to its cus­tomers.”

Mr Stokes re­cently re­vealed he was open­ing a sec­ond restau­rant on Tem­ple Street. The Oys­ter Club, an oys­ter bar and seafood restau­rant will open in Fe­bru­ary 2019.

Mean­while ac­claimed Miche­lin­starred restau­rant Carters of Mose­ley, run by Brad Carter, has been named as one of the top 100 res­tau­rants in the UK this year by OpenTable.

It is the only city restau­rant to make it into the cov­eted list of the UK’s most out­stand­ing eater­ies.

Carters was in­cluded thanks to its over­all score from OpenTable re­view­ers, which takes into ac­count cri­te­ria in­clud­ing each restau­rant’s av­er­age rat­ing and how it com­pared with other lo­cal res­tau­rants.

None of the city’s other Miche­lin starred res­tau­rants Pur­nell’s, Adam’s, or Simp­sons nor Peel’s in Soli­hull made the list.

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