A few weeks ago we ventured out away from our usual haunts to the suburb of Moseley. The reason for this foray into foreign lands – a much anticipated trip to Carters of Moseley. This is somewhere that’s been on our radar for quite a while but as usual, it’s taken us a while to get around to it. Too many fab places to eat…too little time!
We ate here on a Sunday evening, when they offer a 5 course ‘Sunday Supper’ Tasting Menu for just £30 pp – bargain! There is also the choice of a wine flight at £18 pp, again a complete steal in my opinion. Unfortunately we were driving so limited ourselves to a glass of Pinot Noir each, and a great one it was too!
The service at Carters was exemplary. Admittedly it was not that busy, but we were treated fantastically, the staff were friendly and knowledgable, smiling and accommodating. No wonder they have just been voted 3rd best restaurant by Opentable for service in the UK!
We really liked the look of the menu for that evening. The bread was served in a charming little sack, along with some beautifully rich crab paste as well as the standard butter. Our first course was Heritage Carrots, Pickled Dates and Popped Barley. The carrots were a rainbow of colours and it was a really attractive looking dish. The stars of the dish for me was the pickled dates and the date puree they really popped, and along with the texture of the barley really made the dish come alive. Next up was Devilled Crab, Samphire and Heritage Potatoes ( lots of heritage produce going on in this dinner!) The crab was lovely, and the combination with the samphire and potato a classic, the hint of spice beautiful but I felt ever so slightly overpowered the crab flavour itself.
The next course was a triumph – Roast Pheasant, Peppered Sprouts, Kale and Hedgerow Jam. The pheasant itself was succulent and perfectly cooked and I was delighted with the peppered sprouts. I am one of those strange sprout loving creatures, and these were fantastic. The hedgerow jam was also just so delicious – I’m not sure what bits of the hedgerow went into making it (I should have asked!) but I could have eaten a whole jar of it. It;s definitely one of those things that if I had a jar at home it would go with anything and everything – cold meats, cheeses, roasts….yum!
Our 4th course was a pre-dessert. Chocolate Ganache and Sea Salted Caramel. Again it was gorgeous. The ganache was silky smooth and set on a chocolate soil that was equally as good. A little swirl of salted caramel is always a welcome addition to a pudding and a perfect combination with chocolate. Dessert divided Hubby and I a little – Sea Buckthorn Curd, Meringue and Yoghurt Sorbet. Whilst absolutly loving the sorbet and light mergingue I really wasnt keen on the sea buckthorn curd. This wasn’t anythihg to do with the way it was cooked, just not a texture or flavour for me I’m afraid. Hubby on the other hand gobbled it down. I remeber back to a series of Great British Menu few years ago, quite a few chefs were using sea buckthorn in their dessert course and it produced some division amongst the judges then as well with one of them really disliking the ingredient, however it was cooked! I’m with him unfortunately, but everyone should try it and come to your own conclusions!
We chose as well to share a cheeseboard, as this had a lovely selection of cheeses. We were even offered extra cheese biscuits without having to ask – another testamant to the great attentive service ( thanks Holly!) Despite decling coffee as it was getting late and we had a 40min drive home we were presented with some delicious petit four chocolates in a retro oxo tin. These were earl grey tea and coffee infused. Both were pretty good, but if I had to choose, the tea one was my favourite! A great end to a really nice evening.Carters often host interesting and orginal events and collaborations such as their ‘Meet the Supplier’ Tasting dinners. See their website for more details. We had a really lovely evening enjoyed good food and great hospitalitly.If you live on the south side of Birmingham or even further away like us it is well worth a visit and I will definitely be visiting again soon for more of the same!
Carters often host interesting and orginal events and collaborations such as their ‘Meet the Supplier’ Tasting dinners. See their website for more details. We had a really lovely evening enjoyed good food and great hospitalitly.If you live on the south side of Birmingham or even further away like us it is well worth a visit and I will definitely be visiting again soon for more of the same!
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Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own