Another month, another Brumderland event. This time we were headed to The New Inn in Harborne, for hot cider drinks, hearty food and a crackling log fire.
This is one of the only Bitters 'n' Twisted venues I haven't been to. I loved its cosy, traditional pub feel. As are all the venues, it was still heavily stylised with brass tables, geese wallpaper and padded bar stalls, but I mean this in a good way. How often do you find a pub like that anymore? And how often do you find one which still has the same locals in as well as younger people?
On a chilly evening it was lovely to settle down next to the fire and be handed a Hotini made with vanilla vodka, hot Rekorderlig winter cider and ginger syrup. This is a bargain at £5 and is exactly what you want when you're a bit weary, maybe you're just over a cold and you want something soothing.
We then sampled some of their winter warmer menu items. They've recently updated the menu with lots of cosy twists on classic, hearty winter warmers. The focus is on pies but there's more to it than that as you will see.
We tried a lovely mixed grill, chicken liver parfait, ocean pie and game pie which were all lovely and comforting, as well as my favourites which you will see below.
I didn't get to try the fish on this plate but I had a prawn and they were wonderful. Worth having for the hot, chargrilled prawns alone.
A twist on the classic scotch egg, these were made with pulled pork and quails eggs. Such a wonderful idea. These were satisfying and moreish, perfect for sharing with a mug of hot cider.
The salmon in the wellington was beautifully seasoned. I don't usually like pastry but pairing it with lovely pink salmon won me round.
Finally, a spinach and butternut squash curry. Supposedly for the veggies, this was probably my highlight of the evening! Spicy but not too hot, it was filling, warming but didn't feel heavy. Paired with rice and flatbreads, this was my perfect winter warmer.
We rounded off the evening with an Apple Pie cocktail which was warm and perfect for warming the cockles before heading back out into the cold night. As a bonus it came with a ginger biscuit.
The New Inn, Vivian Road, Harborne
Photos by me.
Food and drink were complimentary as part of a blogger event.