How far would you travel for the best chicken wings you have ever tasted?
For fans of the much-loved Butchers’ Social, all they need to do is put Henely in Arden into their satnav, or like me jump on a train to find the former pop-up’s permanent new home.
In what used to be the Italian restaurant Matricardis, slap bang in the middle of the High Street, I found Mike Bullard juggling a deep clean of the kitchen, overseeing building work and proudly showing people round his new restaurant. He had only had the keys to the property for only a few days and was planning to quietly open over the Bank Holiday weekend.
His former business partner Jamie Desogu is working on creating the Harborne Kitchen, which is due to open in the Autumn. This means that Mike has been able to take the winning combo of craft beer and chicken wings and have some fun in adding new dishes to the menu.
Mike said; “We’re going to keep it simple, cook some great food and really enjoy the service.”
The initial menus feature four different types of chicken wings – salted caramel, honeycomb and bacon, Frank’s hot sauce, beer and honey plus buttermilk and BBQ sauce in half or full kilo portions.Brunch and dinner choices include monkfish cheek, fennel and cumin pork belly and who can resist truffle and parmesan fries!
Drinks wise there are craft beers from the Birmingham breweries that Mike knows – Fixed Wheel, Sadlers, Two Towers, his favourite gin from Costswolds Distillery and English wines including Nyetimber.
Service times have been tweaked too, open Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 3pm for brunch and dinner 6 to 9pm (9.30pm at the weekends).
With circa 60 covers and a big garden space there is plenty of room. Look out in the New Year for more news as Mike is looking to completely overhaul the interior and open a couple of B&B rooms upstairs.
The Butchers’ Social 97 Stratford Road, Henley in Arden.Birmingham B95 5AT