I don’t spend nearly enough time in Moseley, and whenever I visit, I always resolve I should head to that side of Birmingham more often. When The Fighting Cocks asked if I’d like to mosey over Moseley way and check out their menu, I was on the number 50 bus and on my way almost faster than I could reply to their email.
I’ve actually not visited The Fighting Cocks before, and was pleased to find the place was busy with locals eating and drinking on our Friday night visit. The inside is classic local pub, with lots of cosy booths. We settled in and perused the menu.
Unfortunately, my first choice of starter was sold out, so instead I switched to Sautéed Mushrooms on Toasted Ancient Grain Bread . Ancient grain just seemed to mean ‘white’, but it was a good doorstop of lightly toasted bread. The mushrooms were perfect for a cooler autumn evening, with lots of creamy sauce and big chunks of meaty mushrooms. Cosy and filling, I wasn’t too sad at all that I’d missed out on the calamari.
I am a bad blogger and have forgotten the name of the starter Dave ordered and it seems to not be on the menu on the website, but it was essentially prawns and chorizo on sourdough toast. There were a huge amount of prawns, which is always good to see. I felt the dish could have done with a bit of dressing actually across the bread, as when the prawns inevitably fell off, you were left with some very plain bread. Dave was unbothered by this however, and felt the artful swirl of balsamic across the plate was enough. He reported that the dish was well cooked with lots of flavour.
For main courses, I was still feeling those Autumn comfort food vibes and opted for a burger. The Beef Burger comes in a brioche bun with bacon and melted cheese, and is served with a choice of chips (you can choose between regular, triple cooked or sweet potato) and a gherkin. The triple cooked chips I chose were excellent, but I was sorry to there was no sign of the promised gherkin. The burger itself was good, with a chunky, juicy patty and well cooked bacon. The relish smear on the side of the plate was delicious, but I would have preferred it actually inside the burger, which was lacking in sauce.
Dave’s steak arrived with triple cooked chips and a giant Yorkshire pudding filled with caramelised onions. The steak was perfectly cooked, with the peppercorn butter really adding to the juiciness of the meat. The yorkshire was overcooked (so much so, that on first seeing it I mistook it for a large stuffed mushroom) which made it far too crispy, but the onion filling was tasty.
We both liked the atmosphere of The Fighting Cocks and I could easily see why it’s a popular spot. The staff are friendly, the bar is well-stocked and the food is competitively priced. With lots of foodie options in the area though, I think the menu offering was perfectly nice, but was of pretty standard gastro-pub quality. If you’re in Moseley and in want of a good pub meal, this is definitely a good option,in surroundings perfect for those cold evenings drawing in.
I was invited to review The Fighting Cocks. Our food and drinks were complementary. All opinions, words and photographs are entirely my own.