I was rather nervous moving back to the Midlands, from a very foodie orientated Manchester. But recently some foodie events have shown that Birmingham is taking off just as fast as Manchester food-wise. I was recently invited to check out The Rose Villa Tavern in the Jewellery Quarter.
I wasn’t sure what to expect apart from wings and vodka. The Rose Villa Tavern is famed for their chicken wings, with Mondays kilo wings offer. So I was looking forward to these, as well as trying out other offerings on the new menu. But not much vodka, because of work the next day!
Of course we started with what The Rose Villa Tavern is known for. The Buffalo wings had a wonderful kick from Frank’s hot sauce and had a wonderful blue cheese crumb. The Vietnamese were a blend of soy, fresh chilli, spring onions and sesame seeds. Spicy and sticky, delicious! Then an unusual Sticky Chipotle BBQ wings with beer drenched fried onions (oh my so good) and mozzarella cheese. A weird combo, but proved tasty. My favourite by far were the Crunchy Fried Chicken wings with a chipotle mayo- perfectly crispy, with perfectly tender chicken.
The Meatball Mayhem was exactly what it says on the tin. Homemade meatballs on top of a juicy beef patty covered in marinara sauce and Swiss cheese. Hard to eat, but worth the mess. The surprising one was the Vegan One. You wouldn’t think it was (as a meat eater)! Tabasco laced double bean veggie burger with fresh avocado, crisp lettuce, beef tomato & mayo. It packed a punch, but was so tasty. Lastly was my favourite, the Beer Buster. A juicy beef patty stacked with slow cooked beer drenched onions, American cheese, burger sauce and sweet potato fries. Bloomin’ delicious!
We then had a bit of a break and then the pasta selection was brought out. There was a delicious Pulled Chicken Macaroni with fresh basil and fennel seeds. Spaghetti tossed with chilli, caper, garlic, olive oil and parsley. Very hearty, warming dishes. Perfect for autumn.
Last but not least, the naughty but nice Popeye Salad. This was delicious – boneless southern fried buffalo chicken with fresh avocados, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrot, blue cheese & baby spinach with a balsamic reduction glaze. If you’re after something without lots of bread or potato, then this dish is worth a try.
The Rose Villa Tavern is a wonderful pub, nestled in a quieter part of Birmingham. It’s not a quiet pub though, proving rather popular so make sure you get in early for dinner. The food was impeccable and the gin collection is pretty good. Don’t be put off that it’s a bit further from the centre – you can be lazy and get a tram! You may want to walk back though if you have a Beer Buster burger!
What would you order? Have you visited The Rose Villa Tavern? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited to The Rose Villa Tavern. All words, photos and opinions are my own.