Paul Fulford, food critic for the Birmingham Mail, selected The Atrium in a high-profile list that features the city's four Michelin star restaurants.
The accolade came as Paul
, one of the West Midlands' longest-serving reviewers, heaped further praise on UCB's fine dining restaurant by awarding it five stars - the highest mark possible.
publishes its own Top Ten list for Birmingham but Paul
claimed the rankings could be "manipulated by savvy restaurants" and decided to provide his
own list based on his
knowledge of the local dining sector.
The Atrium, which was last year awarded AA Highly Commended status (the equivalent to two rosettes in the industry), came in at Number 10 in a roll call of dining honour.
Other restaurants in the list include the Michelin-starred Purnell's, Simpsons, Turners and Adams.
said The Atrium produced "food of a very high order at a brilliant price."
The listing came the day before Paul
reviewed the restaurant in the Birmingham Mail
and acclaimed his
three-course dinner, commenting: "The standards of service and cooking speaks volumes of the professionalism of UCB's
staff and bodes well for the future of dining in Birmingham."