The Fighting Cocks

Let’s talk interiors. The Fighting Cocks is an Instagrammers dream. High ceilings, great lighting, stained glass windows and a stunner of a colour scheme of deep green, teal and rich red makes it our favourite interior in Brum right now.

The exterior, in the form of a vibrant courtyard out back wasn’t too shabby either. We set up camp in a banquette situation inside while snapping away hoping the food would live up to the vibe.

Craft beers are a thing if that’s your jam while the wine list is a succinct little number with a good selection. A Czech Kozel lager highly recommended by our waiter and a glass of Australian chardonnay went down a treat.

The food menu is short and sweet and it almost all appealed. Mushrooms on toasted ancient bread (refers to the grain rather than the age of the bread!) was tasty with a balsamic glaze and a generous handful of herbs. Succulent prawns with crispy chorizo on toast with balsamic glaze – perhaps they had a glut of the stuff – was great, but it was the mains that stole the show. One in particular.

Duo of lamb doesn’t sound so hot on the menu, but trust us, you need it in your life. One half of the duo, rump of lamb was served perfectly pink and was pretty tasty, but the other half, pulled lamb shoulder encased in the best pastry we’ve had in ages was a thing of wonder and overshadowed its lamby twin. Served with a jugful of rich gravy the pie sang a very sweet song. Must have.

Guinea fowl with a spinach and pecorino stuffing was good but oddly a bit burnt. Not overcooked just a bit dark and acrid on the outside. The stuffing was ace as was the roasted squash served with the bird. Profiteroles were great with rich dark chocolate and a custardy middle rather than that watery cream affair that often ruins a perfectly good choux bun. We approve big time.

We’ve never been tempted to put our house on the market based on the strength of a food review, but that lamb pie. The kids’ll be fine. They’re adaptable right? Hello Moseley…

The Fighting Cocks, 1 St Mary’s Row, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8HW. Tel: 0121 449 0811 www.thefightingcocksmoseley.co.uk