Growing Up In Birmingham: 21 foods that remind Brummies of their childhood in Birmingham

Whether you’re savouring a Cadbury Flake or stirring a pot of Bird’s Custard, these Birmingham food bring together cherished memories across communities

The flavours and dishes from our childhood often linger with us into adulthood, forming a common experience of Brummies' collective earlier memories.

Picture a simmering pot of rich, thick stew, its steam carrying the aroma of tender meat and vegetables, seasoned with love and a hint of thyme, at your childhood home, or biting into its soft, pillowy doughnut, the taste of sweet, enriched dough tinged with a hint of nutmeg after a long day at school.

Together, these dishes are not just food; they are a tapestry of memories, each thread a story of Birmingham’s diverse and rich culture, a comforting reminder of days gone by. We asked our readers for their favourite dishes from their childhood and were overwhelmed with tasty responses.

Let’s take a delightful culinary journey down memory lane in Birmingham. Here are 21 iconic dishes that evoke nostalgia and remind people of their upbringing in this vibrant city:

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