The Victoria is one of those places that I have a real soft spot for. It was one of the first cocktail bars I frequented in Birmingham and was partly responsible (along with its sister venue Island Bar just around the corner) for my ongoing love affair with Bitters & Twisted Group.
It pains me when people say things like “I’ve never been there” or “I didn’t know they did food” as the cocktails, beer selection and food at The Victoria is fantastic. It’s getting a lot more attention since the area around New Street has begun to develop, and their new food menu launched. I got to sample, literally, everything on the menu at the final installment of Brumderland 7 Deadly Sins: Sloth.
Welcomed with a passionfruit and orange spritz, their take on an Aperol spritz, I instantly relaxed into a chair to catch up with bloggers and friends before we got stuck into the insane amount of food they made for us!
Starting with classic comfort food macaroni cheese, we had two options here, a chorizo mac & cheese and a crayfish mac & cheese. I love chorizo, that’s no secret, and the addition of it here made this mac & cheese really delicious. The pasta was cooked well, the sauce was cheesy and smoky from the chorizo, and the crunchy topping was a nice addition.
Next out were a new addition – Korean chicken wings! These were absolutely delicious, sweet, sticky, spicy and ridiculously moreish. You couldn’t help but get messy eating these but they were so tasty you didn’t care.
Chili cheese fries and falafels were next, both of which were great. The falafels had a great savoury flavour, and the chili cheese fries were just perfect, with loads of chili and plenty of meat!
After a short break to let our starters settle, we were treated to the big boys, starting with the hot dogs! Heaped with toppings and a great sausage to bun ratio, these were a real treat.
We also got to try two of their burgers, but I’d eaten mine before I remembered to take a photo! I really enjoyed the veggie option of the halloumi burger, it’s salty squeakiness was right up my street!
If The Vic is famous for any dish, it’s for the pizza from Vicky’s Kitchen. We got to sample no less than 3 pizzas. The spicy pizza came with slices of peach, giving it a real sweet and spicy taste which I enjoyed more than I thought I would. It was a bit messy, but really tasty and ideal to pair with a nice crisp IPA! The goats cheese and caramelised onion pizza is also recommended!
After these treats we had some pub classics to share, with fish & chips, sausage & mash and a salad for the righteous. Vegans of the city can rejoice too, as the sausage & mash also comes as a vegan option.
We finished off the evening with a real dream of an after-dinner drink. This beauty is called a hazelnut Old Fashioned, and is made with Monkey Shoulder whisky, stirred with hazelnut liqueur and peach bitters, garnished with a twist of orange.
I love a good old fashioned, and I also really like hazelnut liqueur, so combining the two was a win win situation for me. This drink was gorgeous, velvety and so drinkable it’s dangerous. If you go for nothing else, go for this drink!
I left The Victoria that night with a happy smile, a full tummy, and that lovely, warm feeling I always get when leaving there. It might just be the alcohol talking, but I think it’s just The Vic!
My food and drinks were complimentary as part of the blogger evening, many thanks to Vicky at Brumderland and the team at The Victoria. All opinions are my own, as always, and I was under no obligation to write a positive review.