As I lived in Kings Heath for a while last year, I always used to go through Moseley on the bus when I was going to and from the city centre and I’ve visited a few of the pubs and restaurants in the area, however I’d never actually been to The Fighting Cocks. I’ve known people who have been in there for a drink but I didn’t realise that they actually have a pretty extensive food menu, so when I was asked if I would like to review a three course meal, I was really curious.

I invited fellow blogger, Heidi to come along with me and we popped over to Moseley at around 1pm on a Saturday afternoon. We were expecting the place to be quite busy as it was the weekend, however there were only two other tables occupied in the dining area. There was a small table reserved for us towards the back of the pub near to an open fire which gave the place a really cosy feel. View Post

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Here in Britain we love a good old takeaway, make no mistake about that. Friday night rolls around, you’ve had a long week and the last thing you want to do is cook. We all do it!

Reports have shown that 1 in 5 of us eat out or order takeaways in at least once a week, with takeaway sales surpassing £8bn in 2015 alone thanks to smartphones making it easier to order online via apps.

Which begs the question, with so many people ordering takeaway online what on earth are they eating? We all love a good Indian, I mean Birmingham did invent the Balti after all!

However, it’s not Indian that’s on the rise. Nor is it our other dependent choice of Chinese. Fish & Chips is always a good go-to takeaway, but even that has been beaten.  View Post

Although I’ve lived around Birmingham for over 20 years, there’s still so many places that I have yet to discover and I’m making it my mission to try out as many new restaurants as I can, so when I was invited to the press launch of Pasta di Piazza a couple of weeks ago, I obviously jumped at the chance to go.

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Based in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, just off St Paul’s Square, Pasta di Piazza is a beautiful building with exposed brickwork, impressively high ceilings and the most wonderful stained glass windows. Pasta di Piazza is not a new restaurant, however they have just undergone a £400k renovation and have recently opened up the top floor of the restaurant allowing for more tables and it has a lovely cosy but airy feel.

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There’s so many delicious things on the menu and it was really hard to choose a starter! In the end, Tom went for the stuffed mushrooms which he thoroughly enjoyed and I had the grilled goats cheese which was absolutely delicious. There were also baskets of bread with butter on the table for us to have along with our starters.

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The star of the show was definitely the mains. Tom went for a seafood dish, the Linguine Alla Marinara –Marinated seafood mix with olive oil and herbs cooked with Neapolitan sauce, king prawns and garlic. Served with linguine. He really enjoyed this dish, however he was a bit disappointed that there was only one king prawn!

As I’m not a fan of pasta, whenever I visit an Italian restaurant I will usually go for a pizza, however I decided I would try something different and chose the Involtino Pollo. The Involtino Pollo is described as –  Flattened, rolled chicken breast filled with ham and provolone cheese with a breaded herbycheese crust. Topped with a light cheese sauce. It was honestly one of the best things I have ever tasted and I could have eaten it again straight away. Everything about it was perfect, from the creamy cheese sauce to the herby cheese crust. I’m now desperate to go back to Pasta di Piazza just so that I can have this amazing dish. I’m so glad I went for something different and didn’t go for a predictable pizza!

Tom and I are both in agreement that Pasta di Piazza is the best Italian in Birmingham. The building and the atmosphere is fantastic, as are the attentive waiting staff and obviously the food is divine. I definitely recommend that you book a table here the next time you want to treat yourself to a great meal.