Monday, 18 September 2017

Food: The Fighting Cocks, Moseley

Style: Pub   Location: Moseley   Cost: ££ (Around £30 for a sharer starter, main, cocktail and cider)

The venue

A traditional, beautiful Victorian pub in the heart of Moseley Village, The Fighting Cocks is somewhere I've spent many a happy evening. A colourful beer garden for the summer and a cosy interior with stained glass windows and green tiles.

The bar stocks a range of ciders and ales on tap, spirits and wine. Food is traditional British- not quite cheap and cheerful pub grub, more gastro pub. Tables can be booked but you can also walk in and order food at the bar.


There's a small cocktail menu. We tried the Aperol Spritz and the Negroni, both of which had a good bitter taste, perfect for the start of a meal.

Later, I wanted a longer drink, something more pubbish and chose a pint of cider. Caple Road is by Westons and is an easy to drink cider, not particularly interesting but perfectly refreshing.


I would not usually choose a starter for a pub meal but goodness me, I'm glad I did on this occasion.

To start, we shared a Rosemary and Garlic Camembert baked in sourdough (£12). Need I say more? The camembert had been studded with lots of garlic, placed inside a hollowed out sourdough loaf and baked. I dunked the lid into the cheese, then the carrot sticks (but not the celery, bleugh) and finally ate the cheese soaked bread. What an autumnal treat. This and a hot toddy will see you through many a winter's night.

I also fancied the cured meat board (£14) and vegetable patch (£20) featuring yet more camembert, breaded courgette, asparagus, sun dried tomatoes, hummus and more.

It was only the start of September when I had this meal but my eye was already drawn to autumnal  confit duck, lentils and leafy greens (around £14). This was a hearty, rich and tasty dish- the duck was beautifully cooked with crispy skin.

This dish made me ready for winter!

Meanwhile, Edd chose the homemade Chicken Kiev (£9.50), a breaded chicken breast filled with garlic butter, on top of mash, pesto and cavolo nero. The chicken was tasty and moist but we felt it would have had more of an impact if they hadn't have chopped it in half.

At this point, an acoustic guitarist was playing and there was a lovely Friday night atmosphere. The food and service had been lovely throughout; I had to turn down dessert as I was so full! But expect cheese boards, lemon tart and brownies on offer.

A lovely meal for anyone looking for a cosy, relaxed evening in Moseley.

The Fighting Cocks, Moseley

Photos my own.

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Restaurant at Broadway Casino

I've never been to a casino. They look pretty fun but I'd never considered visiting, even with Broadway Casino being ten minutes walk from me, at Broadway Plaza at Five Ways. I certainly hadn't considered that there would be an excellent Italian restaurant hidden within, featuring some of the best Italian food I've had outside of Italy.

Behind the gambling tables, you can find The Restaurant, newly refurbished and serving up beautiful market-fresh produce.

I settled down with some rich, buttery olives, crusty bread and olive oil and balsamic for dipping, alongside a glass of prosecco. The restaurant manager asked us to trust him, brought out a lovely bottle of white wine and left us to enjoy the nibbles.

When we think of Italian cuisine, we get caught up thinking of pizza and pasta, forgetting about the seafood, the vegetables (the vegetables!) the expert seasoning.

I was delighted to be presented with a plate of small seafood tasters: lightly battered calamari, a little seafood mix that made celery taste nice (somehow) prawn salad and octopus topped with a lovely egg yolk. All fresh, light and perfectly seasoned.

The main, again, stepped away from the usual Italian food tropes.

One side was beautiful, freshly made seafood ravioli in a lemon butter sauce.

On the other, perfectly cooked fish with courgette and potato. 

We were then given a little palate cleanser of frozen vodka and lemon before moving onto dessert.

Dessert was a delicious, creamy tiramisu with profiteroles and a glass of Amaretto.

After dinner there was the opportunity to try the 'fun' casino, which isn't for money. I was even able to try rolling the ball myself which is surprisingly tricky.

The staff are far more competent of course.

You can book in as groups for dinner and to have a go on the tables (either for fun or money)- perfect for Christmas parties and corporate events. 

The Restaurant at Broadway Casino

Photos my own.

Food and drink were complimentary to showcase The Restaurant. 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Food: Three Church Road, Birmingham

The Location

I wouldn't have expected to head to a retirement village in Edgbaston for a restaurant launch. It's important to remember that a retirement village isn't for 'old people'; it does what it says on the tin. Three Church Road is located within Audley St George's Place, a collection of flats and homes for people over 55, which seems terrifyingly young (younger than either of my parents in fact). The homes look beautiful and not cheap either. It makes sense that they would have a good quality restaurant on site too.

The restaurant is open to non-residents, with private rooms available for special events and afternoon tea.

The Food

I was able to try a number of samples from the menu and was impressed with the quality of the food, the presentation and the produce. Food is traditional British/European with a heavy dose of refinement.

Desserts impressed particularly. The yoghurt panna cotta and Mandarin Parfait were both absolute treats, though the jar made it a little hard to eat the panna cotta from.

The swimming pool

In the same building there's a nice little gym and pool with sauna, personal trainer etc too. The pool is on the small side but does not get too busy. I had such an urge to jump in! This is for the residents but you can join as a non-member. Membership of the health centre also gets you 10% off your food at the restaurant.

An interesting evening discovering what's behind the scenes just ten minutes from Five Ways. This would be a beautiful location for a special Afternoon Tea.

Three Church Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Food and drink were complimentary; a review was not required.

Photos by Helen and Edd.