When Edd and I tried the new High Field Town House a couple of weeks ago, we obviously had to book in for dinner at the pub next door and try their new summer menu.
The restaurant was lit with the evening sun and full of groups of friends and couples having a lovely time.
We picked a couple of G&Ts (later moving onto Aperol Spritz) and browsed the menu.
There was plenty of seasonal veg and local meat. I usually go for a salad at The High Field but Edd and I decided to go for a sharer board as a starter.
The Butcher's Board (£14.75) was a generous starter for two but would work for three too. I can also imagine sharing this for lunch. It consisted of pulled chicken sliders on brioche buns, salt beef croquettes, rare roast beef, air dried pork, chutney and bread. The air dried ham was from Dorset- it was great to have English ham. The croquettes were fantastic and worked very well with the cornichons.
As well as the Butcher's Board there is also a fish board and veggie board, both of which sound lovely.
For my main, I went for the special, a twist on fish and chips. This was a generous portion! Pan fried fish (sea bass? They did tell me) soft shell crab, pee puree and plenty of chunky chips. After my giant starter, I didn't quite get through this but I loved the fish, fresh pea puree and the watercress dotted around. Plus chips are always a bonus.
Edd chose lamb cutlets with minted potato gnocchi (£19.75). I had been eyeing this up as I love lamb cutlets but I'd been worried it would be too heavy. Happily for Edd, it was a surprisingly light dish. The gnocchi was very unusual, as the edges were more charred than I would expect, plus the interesting addition of mint. Nevertheless, they were light and tasty. The lamb was perfectly cooked of course and the mint and pea accompaniments kept things fresh.
I was very full but I made room for Pimms jelly and gin and tonic ice cream. This was just as fun, fruity and summery as you would expect.
Edd chose Eton Mess- cream, berries and meringue. It was sweetly (hipsterly?) served in a kilner jar but really there's not much you can do to mess up an Eton Mess so it was creamy, sweet and delicious.
Our bellies full and happy, we headed over to The Edgbaston for end of night cocktails. I really enjoyed my Miss Beauregarde, inspired by Violet from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. A delicate, floral drink with an edible golden ticket on the side.
Edd and I had a lovely evening in Edgbaston. You can also read about my stay at The High Field's new boutique hotel.
Photos by Edd and myself.
Food was complimentary, we paid for drinks.