What is Three Church Road, you may ask? Well, it's a bar and restaurant that's hiding a secret. Can you guess what it is?
Three Church Road is located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, a leafy and affluent area just outside of the city centre. This quiet, mainly residential area is home to Three Church Road within Audley St. George's Place Luxury Retirement Village.
That's right, you don't have to be grey to enjoy the luxurious surroundings at Three Church Road. An impressive Victorian building, the restaurant is housed in the hub of the village where there's also a swimming pool and gym that's available for non member use, a bar, private dining room and even a library.
Each room has been beautifully decorated and has a character of it's own, from the pink bar bistro to the turquoise lounge. A popular spot for birthday's, anniversaries and baby showers, I popped in for an after work dinner.
Private Dining Room
Making my way into the main restaurant, I was seated at a wooden table complete with fine cutlery and starched napkins; Nando's this is not.
As well as a fixed price menu with two courses for £17.95 and three courses for £21.95, there is an a la carte menu featuring classic British and European dishes such as Sausage and Mash, Duck Parfait and Ribeye Steak.
I love the fat that everything is clearly marked for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free, which made ordering easy.
To start, I ordered the Pied de Mouton Mushroom Risotto, fried quails egg, shallot ash (£7) whilst my companion ordered the Parma Ham wrapped Scallop, parsnip puree, vanilla butter (£11).
Arriving on a heavy round slate dish, the presentation was flawless, with onion dust to garnish. The presentation was world's away from what you'd expect from a risotto, but the taste was rich and flavoursome and the egg was an added bonus (what dish doesn't taste better with an egg on it?)
My main was Half Lobster, garlic butter, fries and salad. Again, the presentation was fabulous although the lobster was a little on the small side, but for £18 that's probably about right.
My dining companion went for the Roasted Hake, heritage tomatoes, broad beans, samphire, crab and caviar tortellini (£14.50).
By now, it was time for dessert, and whilst I opted for the artisan cheese selection, my companion ordered the Dark Chocolate Mousse, mango marshmallow, honeycomb (£6).
The cheese selection was pretty hefty, with a choice of five costing £2.95 for one, £6.75 for three and £9.95 for all five. Served with chutney and crackers, mine came with just the chutney and quince jam to make it gluten free.
Both desserts were fantastic, with the presentation of the chocolate mousse resembling a small garden, especially since it was served in a terracotta bowl. The cheeses were delicious, and with the tomato chutney and quince jam were fine without crackers, although I would have liked gluten free bread had it been available.
Not ready to stop, we also ordered cocktails. Mine was the Bakewell Tart, a very sweet treat to end my meal, followed by a black coffee to restore some balance.
I'd absolutely come back to Three Church Road, to try both the fixed price menu and the afternoon tea. A relaxed, refined environment, this is the place to bring the parents or grandparents for some serious brownie points. It's also a great spot for a special occasion, as there's plenty of rooms to choose from meaning you could enjoy a meal or some drinks in a semi-private environment.
The service was very attentive when we visited in the evening, and it was quiet enough to be able to unwind after a busy day at work.
Three Church Road is a great addition to Edgbaston. Full of quirky yet sophisticated design features, there's plenty of reasons to visit.