With Graduation Day just around the corner, we're running our readers through our pick of the best places to eat in the city, after the ceremony!

Named the City of Culture 2021, Coventry’s eating houses certainly reflect the city’s diversity.

If you’re heading to Coventry for your graduation ceremony in the coming weeks, you might be wondering where best to grab a bite to eat. Here, we give you a brief guide to eight of the best restaurants in and around the city.

1. Cosy Club (@CosyCoventry)

Located on the upper floor of the Cathedral Lanes shopping centre, the Cosy Club’s eclectic mix of armchairs, pouffes and lampshades will leave you unsure whether you’ve arrived at a clairvoyant’s caravan or your nana’s front room.

Serving a selection of tasty tapas and mouth-watering mains, there’s something on the menu for everyone.

Don’t forget to show your graduation ticket or certificate on the day, and you’ll receive a free glass of prosecco - win!


2. My Dhabba (@mydhabba)

If you’re crazy for curry, you won’t want to pass up on the opportunity of a visit to My Dhabba.

Serving traditional Indian and Pakistani dishes, the prices at My Dhabba are really reasonable and we recommend trying one of the Indian tasting platters, known as thalis.

Found on the corner of Coventry’s Medieval Spon Street and Lower Holyhead Road, be sure to book a table, as the restaurant is small and very popular with locals.


3. Basement Browns (@basementbrowns)

Does a celebratory pizza sound pretty perfect to you? Basement Browns are an award-winning local chain serving some seriously delicious dough.

With vegan and gluten-free options, Basement Browns make sure there’s pizza for all - and there’s also salads, sides and all the sauces you could need!

You can find them tucked away on the High Street and looks are deceiving; if you think they can’t accommodate you, there’s loads of additional seating in, er, the basement.


4. Habibi (@HabibiRestaurantCoventry)

Found on Far Gosford Street, Habibi is here to bring authentic Arabic flavours to the city of Coventry.

Whatever your favourite Middle Eastern dish, you’re sure to find it here at Habibi: from humous, halloumi and batata hara, through to sujuk, shish taouk and shawarma, they have it all!

If the weather is nice, try to secure a spot in the gardens for a real feel of the Middle East.


5. The Botanist (@BotanistCoventry)

One of Coventry’s newest additions, The Botanist takes pride of place in the middle of the Cathedral Lanes shopping centre, right behind the Godiva statue.

Their menu isn’t huge, but the choices are great; there’s mains with modern twists, not to mention their famous hanging kebabs.

Serving fancy floral cocktails, the restaurant’s high glass ceiling, spiral staircases and water features certainly make it the most Instagrammable eatery in Coventry.


6. Jinseon (@jinseonkbbq)

Less than a 5-minute walk from Coventry Cathedral, you can find Korean BBQ restaurant, Jinseon.

Take your pick of locally-sourced meat, fish and vegetables and watch as staff cook it over a charcoal fire at your table - or give it a go yourself!

If you don’t fancy a bit of DIY, there’s lots more on the menu, including delicious KFC (Korean fried chicken) and traditional bibimbap, served in stone bowls.


7. Selminas (@SelminasCoventry)

Serving a selection of Hawaiian and Mexican inspired food, Selminas can be found on the city’s Medieval Spon Street.

With sizzlers, steaks and their speciality, salmon-spinna, as well as the usual burgers, wraps and salads, there’s plenty of choice at Selminas!

After your meal, be sure to take a stroll down Spon Street. With timber-beamed buildings dating back to the 12th Century, the street miraculously remained fairly undamaged by World War II and is now a conservation area.


8. Hickory’s Smokehouse (@hickorysburtongreen)

If you’re open to the idea of taking a trip out of the city centre, make sure Hickory’s (in leafy suburb, Burton Green) is your final destination.

With ribs, burgers, hot dogs, wings and beef brisket, you’ll get a real taste of America’s Deep South here - perhaps one to avoid if you’re a vegetarian!

With a spacious garden, perfect for spending a warm summer’s evening, it’s well worth heading out of the city and enjoying a relaxed dining experience in the countryside instead.


If you’re attending the Arden University graduation in Coventry this year, be sure to visit our dedicated page for FAQs, visitor information and more:

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