Birmingham’s buzzing Selly Oak district is home to the intimate, relaxed modern British restaurant Bohemia. Right where the famous oak once stood at the intersection of Bristol Road and Oak Tree Lane, this restaurant possesses beguiling charm. It’s chilled out atmosphere – perfect for intimate dinners or a group feast – belies the fact that this eatery serves fine English, French, and world cuisines, crafted by chef Ross Parnall using ingredients from select suppliers.
Bohemia’s menus are changed on a monthly basis, meaning repeat customers get a chance to try something new from chef Ross Parnall’s innovative kitchen on the outskirts of Birmingham. Sourcing the highest quality produce from artisanal suppliers like Mediteria, coastal seafood broker Kingfisher Brixham, craft brewers Purity, and fine wine and spirits merchant Connolly’s, Parnall’s 2- or 3-course evening menus are understatedly delectable. Grilled goats cheese with walnut, apple, and a golden sultana salad with sweet chilli jam to start, followed by pan-fried marinated swordfish with coriander and caper butter are just two of the options you might sample. You’ll want to visit Bohemia’s Oak Tree Lane premises in Selly Oak again, if only with the understanding that Bohemia’s dishes are transient affairs – miss them and you can only trust that something equally innovative will find it’s way to your table.
For the true Birmingham bohemians looking to inject a little class into their down-at-heel day, you can count on Bohemia’s generous offers knocking down the already highly affordable bill – Wednesday means 2 courses from the current evening menu, plus a glass of wine, for a discount price. The lunch special (popular – booking essential) gets you a glass of prosecco, lunch, coffee and a mini-desert again at bargain prices. As if the chilled-vibe-meets-fine-dining tone of Bohemia weren’t enough, this cosy restaurant down Oak Tree Lane in Selly Oak also hosts free live music on Saturdays. The perfect accompaniment to Bohemia’s unpretentious interpretations of English, French and world cuisines.
It was quiet when we visited but we found the food was excellent and have been telling friends to definitely book.
Five of us Went for lunch. Food took a bit of time to arrive but was freshly cooked and tasty. Pudding was also great as was the coffee. A soft drink was included with the lunchtime specials. Very reasonable. Would come again if we were locals.
Lovely little gem in Selly Oak. Fabulous food and friendly atmosphere. The lady serving was very attentative to our needs. Will be back for sure :)