The Rolling Mill – JQ, Birmingham

Located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, The Rolling Mill is a 1920’s themed restaurant and bar that showcases spectacular plates and Sunday roasts.

Opening in late 2021, The Rolling Mill is a beautiful open-space with a huge restaurant space and two bar areas. In the summer they’ll be opening the terrace on roof, perfect for day drinking and larger groups. It’s worth noting that before the pandemic I began working with the team who are also owners of Hen and Chickens – located a few minutes walk away. When finding out they were opening The Rolling Mill, I had a better understanding on why they wanted to focus on serving comfort food in an unpretentious atmosphere. For transparency, I’m no longer part of the team and have paid for all my meals when visiting.

The Rolling Mill JQ Birmingham
Inside the restaurant Rolling Mill
Bar Rolling Mill

Breakfast at The Rolling Mill

I’ve had the pleasure of coming to the restaurant on various occasions; on different days and at various times. Breakfast plates are served until 11:30am daily and the menu consists of Full English breakfasts, sandwiches, muffins, pancakes, porridge – the whole shebang! For the first breakfast visit I had the Buttermilk Pancakes (£8.50) and they’re incredibly thick, rich, American-style battered disks of joy. There’s a choice between Bacon & Maple Syrup, or Greek Yogurt with Berries / Bananas & Swiss Chocolate Ice Cream.

Breakfast Menu The Rolling Mill JQ Birmingham
Pancakes and bacon
Omelette muffins
Veggie breakfast

I was with my mom when she ordered the Omelette Muffins (£7.50) that are filled with Cheddar, mushroom, tomato and spinach. Served along side gem lettuce, chive cream cheese and bacon. We took a few home with us and can definitely say that they’re better eaten when hot. The Vegetarian Me (£9.95) fully-loaded breakfast consists of vegan sausage, avocado, flat mushroom, plum tomato, beans, eggs any style, hash brown, sourdough/granary/gluten-free. Customers can also order extra Halloumi, avocado, bacon, hash brown, egg or sausage for £1.50 each. It’s worth noting also the lattes are proper nice – served in posh clear glasses and taste even better with oat milk.

The Rolling Mill JQ Birmingham Menu

Main Menu at The Rolling Mill

The main menu has been adapted ever so slightly since I last went in but the basics are still the same. A few of my favourite small plates consist of the gloriously succulent Oven-Baked Spiced Wings (£7.5) GF – coated in their signature sauce and lime. They’re perfect for sharing and are not the dry/boring kind you might find elsewhere. These are loaded with flavour and have an extra pot of dipping sauce on the side. My other favourite small plate is the refreshing Grilled Halloumi (£7.50) – another gluten-free dish, marinated in gremolata with gently layered rocket, preserved lemon, pesto and toasted sesame seeds.

The Rolling Mill Chicken Wings
The Rolling Mill JQ Birmingham Halloumi
Lamb Chops
The Rolling Mill JQ Birmingham

What I must state is that if you’re going to choose an epic dish for your first visit, the Marinated Grilled Lamb Cutlets (£21.95) should be one of your top choices. The plate is served with dauphinoise potato, baby carrots, baby leeks, mint, salsa verde and gravy and the lamb is cooked to perfection. Blushed pink inside and packing a punch with toppings, I can only describe it as one of my favourite dishes in Brum. It really is gorgeous. A range of other large plates might take your fancy, from gooey pizzas to burgers. Not forgetting there’s a host of side dishes to choose from if you want a quick bite to eat. The great thing about The Rolling Mill is that they have a variety of dishes, but they do it all so well. My preferred pudding from them is retro Chocolate Concrete Cake (£6) which reminds me of being back at school. The Croissant Bread & Butter Pudding (£7) is their best-selling pud. In all, the portions are decent and although a little pricier than your bang-average restaurant, the coins you spend damn well reflects the quality of the food you’re about to eat. In my personal opinion, a trip here is worth every penny.

Concrete Cake

Sunday Lunch at The Rolling Mill

For the weekend finale: The Sunday Roast is a game changer. I think it’s one of the best I’ve eaten in a long time and it boasts flavour AND meaty portions. The roast menu is select, focusing on great cuts of meat but also have a vegetable option for the non-meat eaters. All roasts are served with a huge Yorkshire pudding, roasties, gravy, carrots & seasonal greens. It’ll set you back just under 18 quid and you can add on extras if you want to scoff more. My favourite was the Slow roast Pork Belly (£17.95) that had a thick lid of crispy, salty crackling.

Sunday Roast The Rolling Mill Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

From previous visits it seems TRM can be busy on weekends depending on whether they have larger tables / parties in. If you’re thinking of going on a Sunday, it’s always best to book to avoid disappointment. During the week is a little quieter and they’re always promoting their Hotdog Mondays and Roasty Tuesdays options. Be sure to give them some loving on socials to see what’s going down that week.

Disclaimer: former client but I’ve paid for all meals in full.

30-32 Kenyon Street, Birmingham, B18 6AR
Full website with menus can be found here.

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