For the first time in a long time, I took a trip outside the city centre (where the food scene is still flourishing I'm happy to report) to try out the Summer House Bar and Grill. Not on my usual patch, it's located in Hall Green. My sat nav got me there quickly enough and once I was on the right road, it was easy to find as it's helpfully lit up.
A large former pub that's been lovingly converted back in October 2018, there's also a rather good sized car park which makes life easier for all the drivers out there.
Stepping in from the car park, we first entered the pub area before moving further in towards the restaurant seating area. There's also another room at the back for live sports. The restaurant itself is comfortable, with quite a few tables, a bar and a view to the kitchen.
The menu is really diverse, with options from curry to Chinese and even classic pub, making sure you can avoid that awkward "where shall we eat" conversation.
For starters we ate the Tandoori King Prawns and Lamb Seekh Kebab. The lamb arrived sizzling and was juicy and tender, whilst the prawns were huge in size and expertly cut.
For mains, we ordered traditional curry since we'd had a sizzling lamb seekh for starters. I ordered a Chicken Biryani, which was such a big portion that I even got to enjoy it for lunch the next day. My dining partner had the Chicken Tikka Masala (sorry to be such a cliche!) and we shared a veggie dish of aloo as well as some plain rice.
Our mains were delicious, smooth, creamy sauces lapped up with plenty of rice for me and a naan bread for my companion (not gluten free).
The portion sizes were so plentiful, the restaurant offers real value for money in a very laid back, homely environment.
For anyone heading towards the area looking for a tasty pit-stop, The Summer House ticks all the boxes. In summer, the restaurant is even better thanks to the outdoor space and cleverly designed kitchen allowing service from indoors and outdoors. The owner was also there to greet us and was a wonderful warm host too. Overall? This is fast, friendly and great value dining that's relaxed with a family feel.