Autumnal Vibes @ The Fighting Cocks, Birmingham

IMG_6642The Fighting Cocks is one of those easy pubs to spend time in, you know the ones. Chilled, friendly, with normal regulars and no dramz, just how I like my life. Jokes, I love the dramz. Sounds easy but so many pubs fail to pull this vibe off, The Fighting Cocks pulls it off with ease.

I’ve had loads of good times at The Fighting Cocks over the years and the fact I can go from bar to bed in 5 minutes, elevates this to the top of the mid week and weekend list because what’s not to love about this setup.

Based on Mary’s Row in Moseley, The Fighting Cocks is a Victorian style pub that reminds me of the neighbourhood pubs that are everywhere in North London, original period features, dark wood, stained glass windows, a higgledy piggledy layout and a comfy and cosy vibe. Love. It’s also one of only a handful of pubs in Moseley that serves decent food. Earlier this year, The Fighting Cocks had a refurb and luckily, the original character still remains, it’s just a little bit fresher, a little bit brighter and a lot more Moseley.

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IMG_6820.PNGThe classic British menu has also had a revamp with loads of bangers to choose from- big burgers and steak to sharing boards, salads and Sunday Roasts. It’s all covered here. It took me a good 20 minutes to even come to any kind of decision on what to order which is always a good sign.

IMG_6646.JPGWe order Rosemary & Garlic baked Camembert, served with warm sourdough & celery to share (£10). The Camembert cheese is gooey, garlicy and gorgeous, with a great selection of crunchy veg to dunk and dip until we finish the lot, alongside a spicy Rioja.

IMG_6644Next, we order Sausage & Mash with spring onion mash, crispy onions & red wine jus (£10.25). The sausages are meaty, flavoursome and are a generous portion of three, stacked on top of one another, nestled in a big dollop of creamy mash.  The crispy onions pile high, elevating this familar favourite to the next level of comfort food. There is more than enough mash/sausage/jus ratio. No asking for extra gravy like you’re Oliver Twist here. Nope. It’s all sorted first time around.IMG_6642

IMG_6639We also order Roasted Confit Duck Leg with creamy mash, beluga lentils and red wine jus. The duck is a generous size, cooked well and flavoursome and filling. The beluga lentils complement the duck perfectly and is a nice change to standard veg that accompanies similar autumnal dishes like this one.

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IMG_6641.JPGI was really impressed with the food at The Fighting Cocks, its wholesome, honest, quality cooking that took me by surprise if I’m totally honest. This is not your standard mid week pub food but country pub quality and quantity in taste and portions. I’ll definitely be returning for more-  the Fish & Chips has my name on it, as does the new pub quiz every Monday. See you there.

*I was invited along to try the food and drink but didn’t have to write about it. As always, my opinions are my own*

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