The last time I ventured to The Victoria Inn was a couple of Christmases ago for a cosy Sunday lunch so we thought it was about time we made the trip again for dinner in front of the fire.
Based in Barnt Green, The Victoria Inn has recently been refurbished which has been led by General Manager, Rich Jauncey who formerly worked at The Lyttelton Arms, Hagley and The Queen’s Head, Stoke Pound. It has also grown its team with several new roles and a brand new Autumn/Winter menu under the guise of Head Chef, Vitalijs Pavlovs.
Cosy, modern and comfortable, The Victoria Inn is one of those plush pubs you can relax in. Think old wooden floors, wooden beams, open fires and a splash of colour.
The outside seating area has also increased in size with patio heaters and plush seating.
When it comes to the food, there is a lot of choice, including chilli king prawn rolls, lamb rack, lamb koftas, vegan mezze platter and a selection of desserts including chocolate and peanut bomb.
We start with a selection of tasty canapes which are smaller variations of some of the starters, including Salt & Szechuan Pepper Squid and Pork Crackling.
Mango sprinkled with coriander, chilli, pineapple, drenched in lime juice arrives next which is delicious and takes me back to juicy orange segments covered in chilli.
Next, rings of Salt & Szechuan Pepper Squid (£6.75) arrives, encased in well seasoned, peppery golden batter which is light and gives the squid some real bite. The aioli on the side, adds some creaminess to the crunch and is so good during the canapes that we order it in its own right as a starter here.
On to the mains and we’re told that Roasted Pork Belly & Seared Scallops (£14.50) is a popular dish and its clear why. It’s a generous portion of tender and well marinated pork, sitting on top of creamy, indulgent potato dauphinoise, green beans and perfect pork crackling on top of soft scallops. This has Sunday lunch written all over it and I’m there for it. Butternut squash puree makes an appearance but I would have preferred proper veggies, rather than puree which seems to disappear when it interacts with anything, including red wine jus.
We also order Roasted Rack of Lamb (£20.95) that comes tender and slightly pink as requested, with creamy potato dauphinoise, chargrilled aubergine discs, roasted sweet potato and red wine jus. This is a good bit of food but I can’t help thinking that the meat and carbs could be smaller in size and the veggies more plentiful- we order additional veg on the side.
We opt to share a dessert- Melting Chocolate & Peanut Bomb (£7.95) that is covered with hot caramel sauce until the ‘bomb’ bursts open to reveal sticky toffee and peanut butter cream. It’s quite the spectacle and is a nice alternative to standard desserts- definitely worthy of a video for the ‘gram. Espresso Martini (£7.75) has to happen and is a lovely end to the meal.
The Victoria Inn leaves me cosy and content that I’ve found such a lovely Autumn/Winter retreat that is friendly and attentive. This is the place for weekend feasts in front of the fire on Saturdays and Sundays, mid-week evenings when you don’t have the energy to cook, essentially, a place to feel at home and one to watch in Summer. The quality and quantity of the portions of food are big and bold in flavour and it reminds me of The Queens Head in Bromsgrove and The Crown Inn in Hallow. Country vibes with a bit of city thrown in.
If you’re looking for a change from eating in Brum and the surrounding areas, then check out The Victoria Inn- you’ll thank me later.
Psst! They also offer Bottomless Bubbles and two courses for 30 quid which is pretty damn good.
*I was invited along to try the food as a guest of The Victoria Inn, but didn’t have to write about it. As always, my opinions are my own*
The Victoria Inn, 113 Hewell Rd, Barnt Green, Birmingham B45 8NW.