27 Constitution Hill
Birmingham B19 3LE
0121 236 3121
I decided we should try a Desi pub during Crimbo Limbo 2017. It’s not my first Desi rodeo – I visited the Vine in West Bromwich a few years back but needed a reminder of what these places offer.
In the West Midlands these pubs seem to be all the rage at the moment, somewhere where you can enjoy a real ale and also Tandoori food in the same venue. Being just after Xmas the ale on offer was novelty themed – ‘Rocking Rudolf’ and ‘Merrie Christmas’ beer – I had neither as I’m a bit cautious of quality when it comes to beers named as such. Cobra lager was available and that seemed the best accompaniment. Can’t go wrong with a Cobra and a curry.
Every table bar one – ours, luckily – this Friday night had been reserved- best to book as it appears to be extremely popular.
It’s very much still a pub – people can just go in for a beer at the bar if they so wish – but the food is the main attraction I would imagine.
Menus are on wooden boards on the tables – the menu is quite minimalist I suppose compared to Indian restaurants but this does seem to be true of Desi pubs in general – however you can always find something worth ordering as all the usual familiar curries are available.
Now, I ordered a Desi staple – the Mixed Grill. At the Hen and Chickens these come in two sizes – Small (@£12.00) and Large (@£17.00).
I didn’t have a starter so I thought I could happily cope with small and a side of chips. Small, in this case, for one person, is absolutely huge. I finished it, but only just, and had trouble walking after. Nothing to do with the Cobra. Loads of Tandoori Chicken, Cod Pakoras, and Sheek Kebab on a sizzling skillet. Delicious and at 12 quid you are getting a great deal of tasty meaty goodness.
Angie had a Peshwari Naan also and I tried it – loads of coconut, good and fluffy bread.
Will I return? Every chance but I think I will share that ‘small’ mix grill with Ang next time and also have a curry….I’m still having trouble walking!