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.


Drinks

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.


Food

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.

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