Anderson and Hill
For such a small store, an amazing range of fine cheese, charcuterie, preserves, tea, coffee, wines and all those hard to find ingredients that any serious cook needs in their larder.
My favourite feature of the store is that they'll put many of these fine products into a ciabatta sandwich for you. You'll have to be quick as they often have a limited supply of bread.
Seek them out in the Great Western Arcade, city centre.
The Grocer at Edgbaston
All you'd expect to find and more in one of the city's best food retailers. You can stock up on fine cheese, local fruit and veg, wines, beers, scotch eggs and top notch store cupboard fillers. They are also part corner shop which means you can buy a paper and a pint of milk with your prosecco, if you wish.
Leverton and Halls
Specialising in local and organic food, this deli and cafe has been attracting the residents of south Birmingham with a great range of home cooked food, cakes, coffee and tea for years. They also stock an impressive range of organic fruit and veg.
Rossiter's Organic Butchers
Established for 27 years, this is Birmingham's first organic butchers. Located in Bournville (over the street from Leverton and Halls) the product range and skill of the staff is impressive. Their own range of sausages are worth making the trip alone. The owner, Steve, also teaches butchery skills at the Loaf Cookery School
J. H. Ward
Located at 1557 Pershore Rd, B30 2JH. At this characterful greengrocers you can find most everyday things you'd find in the supermarket, but sold much cheaper. They also operate as a potato cash and carry if you're that way inclined.
Lewis's of Moseley
On my first visit to Lewis's I found a fine range of seasonal fruit and veg, cheese, dry cured bacon, real bread, cakes and sweet treats as well as a great range of exotic store cupboard ingredients such as a tasty looking range of dried mexican chillies.
An exciting new venture run by local volunteers. Run as a food co-operative selling by weight a well chosen range of kitchen staples as well as preserves, storecupboard essentials and bread. Not just any old bread though- the produce of Loaf cookery school and bakery next door.
Stirchley Wines and Spirits
The best off-licence in Birmingham? I'll stick my neck out and say yes. The range of wines and spirits are impressive, but it's the range of beer which really makes the store stand out. Make no mistake, this is an exciting time for beer drinkers with American craft brewers inspriring a wave of progressive brewers in the UK. Stirchley Wines have really capitalised on this by stocking a range which refelcts this renaissance in brewing not only in the UK but globally. Expect to see names like Mikkeller, Stone Brewing Co., Thornbridge, Brooklyn Brewery, Brewdog, Nogne-O, Birrifico Lambrate, Kernel, Magic Rock and many more.
With the addition of Cotteridge Wines, the pershore road is rapidly becoming a craft beer lover's paradise. After paying them a visit not long ago, I strolled round the shop happily noticing beers that I'd always wanted to try but not yet had the opportunity. Particularly fine is the range of British craft brewers including The Kernel, Buxton, Marble, Oakham and Brodies. They also stock a great range of European and American beers for your delectation.
Connolly's Fine Wine and Spirit Merchants
Established in 1976, Connolly's are the city centre's first independent wine merchants. They've recently expanded and opened a second store in Solihull along with their original site on Livery St in the Jewellery Quarter. They also stock a wonderful range of whisky and also recently started to stock a quality range of beers. They also run wine tasting sessions and dinners around the city.
Loki Wine Merchant and Tasting House
A wonderful concept that helps to blow the cobwebs away from the stuffy image of the wine merchant. Sample a range of wines from specially imported preservation machines from as little as 25p per sample. Once you've sampled and browsed the excellent range on offer, you also have the option of enjoying your purchase upstairs in the in-house tasting room (for a small corkage fee). Not only is this a fine addition to the Great Western Arcade it also adds to the rapidly expanding list of exciting food and drink establishments in the city.
Make Your Own.
Are you an aspiring home brewer? Ever fancied making your own cheese? Brewmonkey have an extensive range of supplies and equipment to get you started. Once you've mastered the basics, they also cater for the more advanced homebrewer with a range of whole grains and hops. Buy online or visit their shop in Cradley Heath.