Quality Hotel Dudley
Dudley, EN DY1 4RN
Phone: (44) 1384 458070
Fax: (44) 1384 457502
Surrounded by the South Staffordshire boundary, The Crooked House is a unique and distinctive public house in Himley. The house is approximately 4 feet (1.22 meters) raised from the ground level from one side because of mining subsidence in the 19th Century. It was originally used as a farmhouse and later became a public house (Siden House). The site is the popular place to visit, and currently operates as a restaurant and a pub ideal for families and groups. Visit the website for more.
Cozily nestled within the charming Georgian mansion called the Park Hall Hotel, Chic Restaurant offers patrons fine dining options. You can feast on the Thai Chicken Salad if you opt for the Table d'hote menu. On weekends, take advantage of the Carvery lunch or dinner. You can choose something from the eclectic range of drinks to complement your meal. What's more, the 42 inch plasma screen will entertain you throughout the entire dining experience just in case you are stuck with a boring blind date.
An unobtrusive little restaurant, hidden amidst the bustle of the Hagley Road, Casa Italia dishes out superb food - the best for its price in Birmingham. Pizzas, pasta and Italian specialities are served in a two-storey, unpretentious bistro-style environment under the watchful eye of Carlo - the friendly owner. A starter and pizza or pasta dish will impress with a stunning low price on Mon-Weds nights, and there is an impressive array of vegetarian options.
Franzls Austrian Restaurant, the only Austrian restaurant in the West Midlands, and surely one of only a few nationwide. The Austrian chef/patron has worked hard to make this as authentic a gasthaus experience as you'll find this side of the Alps, with waitresses dressed in traditional costume serving cuisine that covers the complete spectrum of Austrian cooking. Furthermore, Austrian music wafts through the air as you tuck in to your meal. Expect plenty of goulash and Wiener schnitzel and prepare to be bedazzled by the range of Austrian beer in the cellar bar.
This oddly named Mediterranean restaurant is the only one of its kind in Bearwood, and ought to be sought out if ever you're in the area. They describe their dishes as eclectic, so there's probably something to suit all tastes. Fish is a particular favorite, with wide selection that changes daily depending on the catch. The atmosphere at the Azzari too Restaurant is warm and happy, and food very good value for money.
This immensely popular balti and tandoori restaurant attracts Brummies from all over the city for its busy atmosphere and fine food. It has arguably the best shish kebabs in town and the tikka balti masala dishes are to die for. There is an excellent range of vegetarian meals and a great selection all round. It is also a bring your own booze establishment, and therefore highly recommended for a mouth-watering and cheap night out.
This is a classy restaurant, deals in a mix of traditional and modern inventive British food. Some sounds positively medieval, such as wild jugged boar, whilst other dishes are obviously contemporary, such as duck breast with ginger, honey and lime. Puddings are not the poor excuse so often found these days, but properly filling and heartening.
There is always a good atmosphere to be had at Chiquito's. The staff are obviously trained in a particularly American brand of hospitality and it works well in the surroundings. The food is plentiful and enjoyable, if not exactly imaginative - nachos, burritos and tortillas are the norm. The decor is typical of this restaurant chain, with wipe-down tablecloths and lots of color, but it doesn't detract from what can be a very good night out. The real treats in Chiquito's are its cocktails, which are well prepared, reasonably inexpensive and will get you in the mood for wearing a sombrero very quickly.
Haweli is a friendly Indian restaurant popular with Indian families - an encouraging sign if ever there was one. £5 will buy most main courses, and the owner has even been known to offer complimentary drinks if you eat enough. If you're lucky the tandoori bateira will be on the menu - a spicy roasted quail - and since you'll probably still be hungry after that try the tandoori mixed grill (£7.50). Everything on the menu sounds tempting and there is a seemingly endless selection of naans - the Haweli special is recommended. Things are getting busier here these days so booking is recommended, but if no tables are available then the takeaways are superb.
One of the few truly vegetarian restaurants in Birmingham, Rogan's is stuck somewhat out on a limb in Handsworth Wood. The stated aim of the establishment is to provide you with tasty, wholesome, home-made food at reasonable prices. That they certainly achieve, with a three course meal. Amazing. Lunch includes lasagne, falafel and burgers. Evening meals are more extensive and cover cashew nut pâté, tomato and olive flan, and apple and raisin tart. All food save bread and ice cream is made on the premises, and a great deal is vegan-friendly. Unlicensed, but bring your own bottle and there's no corkage charge. Now that is value for money.
The restaurant at Liberty's gets busy not just because of its Anglo-French cuisine but also because diners gain free admission to the nightclub next door. The food is well prepared and of gourmet standard, but be prepared to pay over GBP20 per head, without wine. That said, a three course meal from the more limited a la carte menu is available. There's a piano bar here, too, if you fancy a touch of luxury without spending an arm and a leg on grub.
This famous American chain called TGI Fridays has only the one restaurant in Birmingham, found on the Hagley Road heading out of town. It's patronized by families in holiday time but predominantly the clientèle comprises a younger crowd looking for a fun night out. The menu is dominated by burgers and steaks, of course, but Mexican dishes are also available. The portions are generous and worth the price you'll pay for a main course. Your waiter is ever-attentive and the surroundings are clean and tidy.