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.
What a great restaurant find, the food was delicious and service friendly! Reasonably priced too but when selecting from the fixed course menu, incredible value.
Our first visit and we very much enjoyed it. Really good service. We both had the seabass and it was delicious and a very generous portion. We will definetly be going back.
What an excelle.t find !! Great quality reason ably priced , attentive but not intrusive service . We chose steak & veal mains both cooked to perfection .This was our first visit but it definitely won't be our last . Cannot recommend highly enough
Great food and great service. Small improvement suggestions; bigger and better quality wine glasses and better cutlery. Also lighting could be improved. All in all a lovely restaurant which is very underrated.
We went to Bohemia on 14/9/16 and had a really enjoyable meal - Lovely soup and Cornish sardines, seabass, tender lamb with potatoes dauphinoise and a selection of veg. Had a quick look at the deserts menu - all very tempting but couldn't quite manage to fit them in ! As usual the service was great - friendly and relaxed and very attentive - Cost was about £25 per head including drinks - there are special offers on a Wednesday - We love this place (which you could easily walk past without knowing it was there) and will definitely be going back !
I visited Bohemia with a friend for her birthday. As always we enjoyed our food very much, always well cooked imaginative food in nice surroundings. Andrew always makes time to come and talk to us and to make sure that we are satisfied with our food. Bohemia is a lovely place to eat and will certainly be returning
First visit to Bohemia but will definitely be back for more! The food was excellent, service good and so handy to get to! Only slight niggle - the food took slightly longer to arrive than could be expected, but it was certainly worth the wait! The restaurant was almost full though, so maybe they were just a bit overwhelmed with walk-ins. Will see on our next visit.
Although the location doesn't look very promising, Bohemia was welcoming, comfortable and the food was excellent. Not many options for a vegetarian at lunchtime, but the starter (celery soup and warm bread) was lovely, the main courses tasty, varied in ingredients and very generous in size, with even the latte rich and creamy tasting. We were very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Superb food, atmosphere and service! Would highly recommend this little gem of a restaurant to others to book for a meal out. Did not realise such a great place existed locally, if you want a special night out with mouth watering menu in an intimate yet very relaxed experience then you can't get better than Bohemia!
As always the food was yummy and well presented. The live entertainment during our meal was skilled and enjoyed by us all. My only comment would be that compared to my other visits to Bohemia the service was not as sharp and efficient. Maybe on an event evening extra staff are required in the kitchen to maintain your normally impeccable standards.