When you’re hungry on a Saturday lunch time, Broad Street isn’t the best place to be in Birmingham. Luckily for us, my partner remembered that The Bull’s Head is tucked off a side street near Cineworld, so off we went for a pub lunch.
Owned by Davenports Brewery this is a pub steeped in history. Davenports began in 1829, and their range of revival cask beers harks back to some of the very original secret brews. Highgate Brewery was established in 1898 and is best known for its classic Midlands dark beers Mild and Old Ale. Dares, established in Birmingham in 1927, is a name the brewery has resurrected to brew a small batch craft beers.
The pub was recently refurbished and has a touch of Victorian gothic within a comfortable, traditional pub interior.
We were only there for a quick bite so chose three dishes from the street food inspired menu. My partner dived straight into the Barons all day brunch and declared the 10 inch award winning Lashfords sausage ‘the bomb’. He had a full server of two rashers dry cured smoked bacon, mild spiced baked beans topped with a fried egg, served with toast and fries. He swapped the grilled tomato out for more toast (which was a bog standard sliced white bread) but still thought it was good quality for the £9 cost.
I tucked into a chicken burger, with a chicken breast marinated in honey and mustard. It came in a rustic brioche bun with fresh Asian slaw tossed in yogurt sauce, lettuce and tomato. I declined the crispy fried onions, but kept the skin on fries and mint and cucumber dip. I was happy to pay £8 for this filling meal. My only gripe was that the greaseproof paper stuck to my chicken and call me old fashioned but I do like my food to be served on plates!
As a side we also had one of the pub’s signature dishes – Cauliflower Pakora. Fresh, crispy bites with Asian slaw served in a poppadom with and choice of dip was a good choice. At £6 it was a hearty portion and provided more than enough for the two of us to share.
I wasn’t really sold on the dry heat of Asian slaw, but the Kati Rolls will be worth a return visit to try next, alongside the select but well thought out gin menu of premium brands and mixers.
*The pub did not know that I was reviewing our lunch and we paid for our meals.
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