If the thought of an evening out at a retirement village doesn’t really appeal to you, you’ve clearly not made it to Three Church Road in Edgbaston yet.
Yes, Three Church Road is a restaurant that lives, rather interestingly, within the Audley retirement village in this leafy Birmingham suburb. Though far from being the kind of bland hotel restaurant type food you may expect, they’re serving up beautiful bistro dishes inspired by seasonal British ingredients, and a good selection of cocktails. It’s familiar food with restaurant flair.
I went along on a weekday evening with the wonderful Priti of . We started the night with cocktails out on the terrace, where if it wasn’t for the chill in the air, I could have believed I was on holiday.
I love a good Negroni, so the rhubarb Negroni on the Three Church Road menu caught my attention. The balance of sweet and tart from the rhubarb, paired with the bitter liqueur really appealed to me. This went down very easily in the sunshine after a long day at work.
I have to admit, we took an AGE to decide what we were going to eat, we spent so long chatting and catching up. The waiting staff were totally patient with us though and were more than happy to leave us to chat until we were (finally) ready, then we headed indoors to eat as it had started to get dark outside.
For starters, I had the pigeon kiev served on a bed of creamy risotto, garnished with asparagus and watercress.
This was a really well sized portion, with just enough of everything. The pigeon breast was well cooked with a thin, crisp breadcrumb coating and rich, tender meat. The risotto was creamy but the rice still had a hint of bite, and the asparagus was really fresh. The edible flowers didn’t add anything in terms of flavour, but they were cute.
Priti opted for wild mushrooms on toast, which came with a hefty portion of bread!
For the main course, I picked an unusual choice for me. Normally I only eat liver in pâté, but after having the chicken livers sauteed in sherry at Fiesta Del Asado a few weeks ago, I really fancied it, so I went for the lambs liver with pancetta. Plus I figured if I’m going to try something for the first time, doing it at a restaurant means I’m in with a good chance of it being delicious!
I wasn’t sure how to have it cooked, so I asked the waitress and she recommended how it should come, so I had it medium well how she suggested.
Another well presented dish, this had a generous portion of the lambs liver, a huge bubble and squeak cake, topped with shards of crisp bacon and a rich, red wine and onion jus.
I was surprised at how tasty it was too. It was cooked with just a hint of pinkness to keep it tender, and the balance of earthy and salty flavours from the combination of the liver and pancetta was really moreish. I loved the bubble and squeak cake too, which was really crisp on the outside and satisfyingly squidgy on the inside, especially when smothered in the gravy.
This was a really homely plate of food, but presented with the level of care and attention you expect from a high end restaurant.
Priti’s meal of lamb and dauphinoise potatoes looked equally as delicious, artfully presented and adorned with more edible flowers to give it a real spring feel.
After such a huge meal, neither of us felt like we could face dessert, as much as I wanted to, so I had another rhubarb Negroni and we both had a coffee to finish off.
By the time we’d finished eating and drinking, the restaurant was practically empty, but again the staff were more than happy for us to carry on chatting until we were ready to go, and didn’t make us feel rushed at all.
It feels bizarre to me to be recommending a restaurant that’s practically in a retirement village, but Three Church Road really is worth a visit. The luxurious surroundings can easily compete with the boutique bars and restaurants in Edgbaston, the food is nostalgic and comforting, while also being modern and beautifully presented, and the staff are a dream.
I was invited to Three Church Road as a guest and my meal was complimentary, however opinions are, as always, my own and I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.