If somebody suggested you go for dinner in a retirement village, you’d probably think they were a bit peculiar and make a mental note not to ask them for recommendations anymore. However, in Edgbaston, you really should go for dinner in a retirement village.
Audley St George’s Place is no ordinary retirement village of course. Instead, it’s made up of luxury retirement apartments with every possible convenience on site, including a pool, a gym, and a restaurant. The restaurant, Three Church Road, is open to the general public as well as Audley’s owners, and is a the best kind of hidden gem.
When we went to try Three Church Road, I didn’t really know what to expect. I found a luxe, classic dining space, with a series of gorgeous rooms, from the bright restaurant to the cosy bar, or stunning private dining room.
Each space was beautiful, and I was surprised by how gorgeous the whole place was, with so much colour. You can enjoy a relaxed dinner in the restaurant, or a more laid back meal in the bistro, or go for afternoon tea, drinks, or coffee and cake in the bar.
there’s always time for a cocktail
There’s an extensive wine list, but it was the cocktails that caught my eye. Dave was driving so stuck to Ginger Ale, so I nobly took on the task of testing them alone.
I started with a Rhubarb Negroni, which was a very pleasant twist on a classic. It was well-made, strong and with plenty of citrus, as well as a hint of underlying sharpness from the rhubarb. Perfection.
An Espresso Martini was just as good, with rich, coffee flavour and a good head of foam.
perfect for spring
The menu is full of Spring classics, and I really struggled to choose as it all sounded delicious. To start, I chose Pigeon Kiev (£9.50), in a hazelnut crumb, with asparagus, a pancetta risotto and a raspberry vinegar glaze. The dish looked so pretty on the plate, and the risotto was beautiful. It was creamy and with plenty of pancetta hidden throughout. The pigeon was a smidge dry, but as a meat it often is, but it had plenty of flavour and the crumb was crisp and delicious.
Dave had the Salmon, Lemon and Spring Onion Fishcake (£7), with rocket salad and tarrogan mayonnaise. The presentation was very pretty (I’ll even forgive the slate). The inside was light and fluffy, with plenty of fish. The dish was lifted nicely by the tarragon mayonnaise.
I’ve been making an effort to eat more fish lately, so ordered Pan Fried Sea Bass (£13.95), which came with jersey royals, green beans and a mussel veloute. The veloute had plenty of juicy mussels scattered through it, and the beans had lots of fresh crunch. The fish was cooked perfectly, flaking at the touch a fork, but maintaining a good crispy skin.
Dave ordered Roasted Lamb Rump (£15.95), with dauphinoise potatoes, spring greens, carrot puree and a mint jus. This made for a colourful, springy dish, with the lamb perfectly pink. The meat fell apart, and was well paired with the jus. Again, the veg was fresh and crisp, while the potatoes were soft inside and crisp on top.
Dave’s Sticky Toffee Pudding (£5.50) with rum and raisin ice cream and poached peach was pretty as a picture. The pudding was rich, with good boozy ice cream and plenty of toffee sauce. The peach was soft without turning to mush, and was enjoyed by Dave who usually claims not to like poached fruit.
I wasn’t feeling the sweet stuff and instead opted for an Artisan Cheese Selection (£6.75 for three pieces), and chose Hereford Hopper Cheddar, le Maubert Petit Brie and a Rosart Goat’s Cheese. The cheese is accompanied by crackers, grapes and chutney. The cheese was generous (I think the 5 piece board would be ideal to share between two), and good quality. An excellent alternative to dessert.
Restaurant Manager Lynn took excellent care of us. She was attentive without hovering and was very keen to show off her fabulous work place. She was happy to tell us all about the history of the building, the retirement complex and the restaurant, and even took us for a sneaky tour around the building.
Watching her and her staff with other tables, high standards are the norm here. Every table was looked after well and great pride is obviously taken in delivering the very best in food, service and surroundings.
The whole place felt superbly relaxing, and we’re already planning our return visit.
I was a guest of Three Church Road. Our food and drinks were complementary for the purpose of honest review. All words, images and opinions are my own. All prices correct at the time of writing.