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The Cock Inn (West Midlands)

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Address: Bulls Lane / Wishaw / Sutton Coldfield / West Midlands / B76 9QL / United Kingdom / Tel: 0121 313 3960

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      27.04.2010 20:51
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      A great place to visit for a treat

      Despite its slightly rude sounding name, The Cock Inn is a fantastic restaurant and bar on the outskirts of Birmingham in the village of Wishaw. The restaurant is not far from the Belfry Golf Course and isn't a bad place to spot the odd minor locally based celebrity or footballer!

      The building is covered in rustic charm with exposed beams on the inside and log burning fires offering a warming welcome over the winter months. The Cock Inn is also an excellent place to visit in the summer months with a good amount of outdoor seating for those who prefer alfresco dining or just a drink in the sun. The view outside isn't fantastic as it just looks out on to the road, although it is a country lane so its not too bad or you can just admire the fancy cars pulling on to the car park!

      The restaurant is split in two with a bar and comfy seating area on the left as you enter and the restaurant on your right. I find the bar a little overpriced personally and because the pub is in the middle of the countryside, its not really worthwhile going to for a drink only unless you've got a willing nominated driver!

      The place really comes into its own for the food, which again, isn't cheap, but is delicious. The Cock Inn changes its menu seasonally but they tend to provide fancy versions of traditional meals such as steak & chips or pizzas alongside Chef's Specials which tend to have a mildly Mediterranean twist.

      The menu is split into the following categories:

      SHARING PLATES - Offering such dishes as Antipasti of cured meats, dolcelatte, roasted vegetables, rocket, parmesan, stuffed peppers, curly green chillies and warm stone baked flatbread or Greek mezze of taramasalata, red pepper hummus, tzatziki, feta and flatbreads.

      STARTERS - Offering extremes from Soup of the Day to Seared pigeon breast, smoked bacon, black pudding, frisée and raspberry vinaigrette. It also includes everything in between!

      LEAVES - Offering such delights as Smoked trout, prawn, pancetta, horseradish dressing, watercress, spinach and baby potatoes or my personal favourite, Crispy duck, mouli, carrots, spring onions and plum sauce which is outstanding!

      PIZZAS - Again, from the extremes of a basic Margherita to Siciliana - Serrano ham, roast artichoke, olives and mozzarella.

      PASTA - Offering pork, veal, with oregano meatballs to Bucatini, tiger prawns, crab, chilli, tomato and parsley.

      FISH - Offering salmon, haddock, tuna, lemon sole, cod, mussels and Chef's Fish of the Day.

      ENTREES - From steaks and burgers to Ostrich and Calves Liver (Yuk!)

      SIDES - As the name suggests, a variety of side orders.

      There is a separate dessert menu offering some scrumptious treats and an excellent wine menu to support your choices.

      The staff here are excellent and need to be as the place gets really busy on the evenings and weekend. It is wise to book a table well in advance to avoid disappointment and the private window seats are well worth asking for when you book.

      A meal for two tends to cost us around the £60 mark but it can be anything depending on how much you drink and eat. At the best, I managed to get the bill for two of us to £120 and I promised never to go there again after that as I can't afford it but maybe those Dooyoo cheques can get me back there!

      The Cock Inn really is an excellent restaurant with beautiful and original dishes on offer. Okay, even though its in a countryside village location, its not the most picturesque place I've ever been, but as an occasional treat when you're feeling flush, its a great venue. Give them a call on 0121 313 3960 and book yourself a table...you know you want too!

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