The other week my sister and I had rather a lavish day out. I think my waistline is still paying for it. After a day of pretty much eating, we finished with a wonderful gastropub dinner at The Green House in Sutton Coldfield.
Disclosure – I was invited down to The Green House in return for an honest review. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
Sutton Coldfield has recently fallen onto my radar, it really has some lovely places to eat and drink. This growing list includes The Green House, a cosy gastropub just a short walk from the Four Oaks train stop. My sister and I were greeted when we arrived by the friendly waiting staff. We were shown around the newly refurbished pub. FYI – the bar area is gorgeous, I wish I’d bagged a picture but it was already very busy.
To start with we went with a couple of drinks. I picked a long standing favourite gin of mine Gin Mare, served with Mediterranean Tonic and Rosemary as a garnish – perfect. I was impressed with their gin selection and gin menu. My sister picked the Jungle Bird, which really wasn’t as sweet as I though it would be. The addition of Campari took the edge off the rum and the pineapple juice added a fruity kick.
Shortly after our drinks arrived, our food did. I picked the Salt and Szechuan Pepper Squid. Now whilst this was cooked to perfection, I was slightly disappointed in the lack of Szechuan, I was hoping for a kick but it wasn’t there. The dip wasn’t spicy either. I’d have preferred something spicy over the mayonnaise I was given. My sister went with the Deep Fried Brie, which did exactly what it said. But I must admit, she did win here. It was a glorious wedge of brie with the most wonderful tomato chutney that did have a bit of a kick to it.
We finished out starters and were given a bit of breathing space. My sister had a Pornstar Martini, which in our gossiping, I didn’t take a picture of. But I think if you’re a fan of them you’d know what they look like! For my main, after a heavy day of eating I went with fish again. I picked the Lobster and Devon Crab Fishcakes. These came with asparagus and delicious pea velouté with the wonderful addition of crispy seaweed. Let me just say, it really worked and I could taste both the crab and the lobster. Unlike some fishcakes which are 90% potato.
Of course we ordered chips to go with, they were more fries than chips, but they were tasty all the same. We also ordered onion rings to share, but they were not one I’d order again, the only blip we ordered, which is pretty good! My sister ordered the Diablo Pizza, which was topped with chorizo, pepperoni, bacon, pork & fennel sausage, mozzarella, jalapeños and red chilli. Let me just say it was spicy and absolutely delicious. A lovely stone baked pizza with crispy base and the perfect topping to cheese ratio. I think next time I may have to order a pizza.
Drinks for Dessert
After a long day of eating you can imagine we were a bit too full for dessert. I picked us some gin to finish. A new favourite of mine, the Suntory Roku Gin. This is delightfully light and you can really taste the Yuzu in it. Served with Indian Tonic it’s a real winner and the perfect dessert replacement. Overall we had a fantastic meal at The Green House. The service was fantastic and given their total covers was full by 7:30 and they had a private party on too, I was very impressed. I will be going back when I’m next in the area.
Have you been to The Green House? Would you pay a visit? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Disclosure – I was invited down to The Green House in return for an honest review. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. The Green House is located at Halfway House, 226 Lichfield Rd, Sutton Coldfield B74 2UD.