“ BRITISH. Woodbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham. Tel. +44 (121) 449 4498 „
The Lime & Chilli House is on Woodbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham. It is sandwiched between a pub on one side (Patrick Kavanagh's) and an off licence on the other and so is well placed as it does not have a licence to sell alcohol. It used to be a greasy spoon cafe but has been taken over, decorated and now caters to an entirely different food lover. It has a lunchtime (or lite bite) menu which can be ordered from all day, offers a full English breakfast all day and has an evening menu which is only offered in the evening (obviously), Because it is not licenced you do not have to worry about the cost of wine on top of your bill and that is probably a good thing because the evening menu at the Lime & Chilli House is expensive. There are only 2 starters on offer; one is roast garlic bulb with bread and cream cheese and the other is shaving of the day with marinated olives (on our day it was parsnip shavings, deep fried and crispy). Both of these are wonderful and each costs around £4. There are 9 main courses on the evening menu to choose from. Three vegetarian, three fish and three meat. Each costs around £10 and does not include vegatables or any accompaniment - these you have to order as an extra at around £4 per dish. I ordered the chicken and it was beautiful and my table ordered a bowl of fresh vegetables and a bowl of new potatoes, both very nice but plain. There are 4 or 5 different desserts to choose from and a selection of interesting coffees and non-alcoholic cocktails. The lite bite menu is much cheaper at around £5/6 per dish. The lite bites tend to come as a complete meal like chorizo sausage and garlic potaoes. There are about 5 different dishes to choose from on this menu. We haven't tried the breakfast menu so I can't comment but the full English is about £4. The atmosphere was good but the restaurant was full of Trustafarians (who wind me up - a personal thing only)
and the food was brilliant. The only disadvantages were the concise menu and the price, it was a bit steep for our pockets. Go if you have lots of money or want a special treat.