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Venture down to Digbeth at nightfall on any given Friday and you’ll be too late for a spot of shopping, and too early for the legendary nightlife, but you’ll be right in the thick of one of the most exciting culinary experiences Birmingham has to offer. Despite first opening its doors just two years ago, Digbeth Dining Club has quickly cemented itself as an institution for foodies and connoisseurs of independent culture alike.
As you round the corner onto Lower Trinity Street you may wonder whether you’re in the right place, but tucked away behind the excellent Old Crown and below the Duddeston Viaduct, the hustle and bustle of this popular event will soon become apparent. Harnessing the ever growing popularity of street food in the UK, Digbeth Dining Club brings together the best in local offerings every Friday night at Spot*Light. Depending on the week, you might find Spectacular Goat’s sourdough pizza ovens; Bournville Waffle Company’s retro caravan, or the Thai treats of Canoodle standing shoulder to shoulder with an assortment of other traders. Each one entices visitors over with their delicious wares. You can check on Twitter for each week’s line up of traders, or just turn up and be surprised! My personal highlight would be the rich lamb Durban curry from Savanna Grill, which is served in a hollowed out bread roll. Alternatively, my boyfriend couldn’t sing the praises of The Meat Shack’s Jam Pudding burger (featuring black pudding and bacon chilli jam) highly enough.
If you arrive early enough, you can grab a seat inside the artsy, atmospheric Spot*Light. The bar is in full swing all evening and the vibe is extremely friendly. Main dishes cost between £5-£8, and the choices are endless, so be sure to take a few friends to maximise the opportunities to taste test!
Written by: Kirsten Peters Roebuck
The UoB Linguist Magazine
Guild of Students,
University of Birmingham