Olive magazine votes Birmingham the number one city for food

4th November 2011

Birmingham has truimphed over London in a poll to find the UK’s culinary capital. The second city tasted success seeing off competition from across the British Isles to be crowned Foodiest Town, beating London into fifth place.

The poll, which was organised by BBC Food Magazine Olive, scored seven towns on a range of credentials including food festivals, local food heroes and culinary heritage.

Birmingham scored 36 out of a possible 50 with an array of food claims to fame, including three Michelin-starred restaurants and being the birthplace of the balti, Bird’s Custard and HP Sauce.

Despite handing Birmingham the top spot, judges said the city was “under-estimated” by people who had yet to sample the cuisine.

Olive magazine editor Christine Hayes said “Olive scored seven food hot spots on the same criteria and Birmingham’s stats turned out to be most impressive.

“From the sublime of Glynn Purnell’s imaginative cooking, to the ridiculous of Cadbury’s Curly Wurly, Brum is a satisfying place to live in and visit.”