The Bullring Indoor Market which now contains the world famous Bull Ring Market Food Hall provides the best range of fresh meat, poultry and widest range of fish any where in the country as well as fresh fruit and veg from all over the world.
When busy the atmosphere can be very lively with bartering and shouting from traders, offering enticements from the stalls as customers walk past. The markets are not for the faint hearted and can be very rowdy at times, however this certainly adds to the buzz and atmosphere on busy days.
A visit to the indoor food hall should not be missed when visiting the city centre for the first time, it offers a small insight into where Birmingham’s roots originate.. a simple farmers market!
Traditional butchers sit along side halal butchers, and all of Birmingham’s diverse cultural backgrounds are represented here in some way, from spices to fruits, nuts, meats and much more.
You can expect to find fruits and vegetables from around the world and also local produce, fresh fish delivered daily from British fishing ports and coastal markets, halal butchers, traditional British butchers with fresh farm meats, an array of exotic spices, shell fish stalls, sweet stalls and even a stall dedicated to nuts of every kind.
Sadly, in recent years, the markets have witnessed a decline in footfall and many traders would like to see more investment into the advertising and promotion of the markets by the council.
There are occasions when you feel as though the city really does not realise what a gem they have sitting in the traditional heart of the town. Visitors to the nearby Bullring often overlook the many wonderful food products on offer in the indoor markets.
The cleanliness and food hygiene ratings are superb and the knowledge and dedication of the many stall holders and staff is second to none in the city, they will welcome conversation and are passionate about what they do.
Perhaps it’s a little but of snobbery, or maybe the resurgence of local suburban farmers markets have pulled people away from these traditional stalls, either way, the quality remains high and a definite must see when in Birmingham.
The market is open throughout the week and Saturday from 9am to 5:15pm.