I always find it difficult knowing where to eat when in Birmingham. Getting a last minute table at Purnells or Turners is virtually impossible and the city centre is littered with chain restaurants that would never be your first dining choice. So on a recent trip up to Birmingham I was pleased when a friend of mine suggested we try a restaurant he had heard good things about called Carters of Moseley.
Carters has been trading just over a year and was established by Brad Carter (Head Chef) and Holly Jackson (Maître d’). The restaurant is in the suburb of Moseley (as the name suggests), which to those who are not familiar with Birmingham, Moseley is just outside the City centre and is the kind of area you expect to find independent boutiques, second hand book stores, decent pubs and for the last 12 months, a very good restaurant.
The three of us arrived for our lunch reservation slightly early, which turned out to not be a problem as the restaurant was pretty quiet. We were promptly seated and left with gin and tonics whilst making our selections from the menu. All three of us decided to go for dishes from the lunch menu, which at £18 is an absolute bargain.
Fried duck egg, brown shrimps, brown butter
Lincolnshire pork fillet, braised belly, black pudding, compressed apples, mashed swede
North-coast Pollock, clams, seabeet, mustard
Vanilla rice pudding, apple compote, crumble
Petit Fours – Which Holly was kind enough to bring to our table despite the fact that we didn’t order any coffee’s to finish the meal
The food at Carters is fantastic with perfectly judged cooking. The front of house staff struck the balance of relaxed yet attentive just right and are clearly knowledgeable and passionate about delivering a memorable dining experience.
At these prices I think that Carters might just about be the best value lunch I have ever had. Only one thing didn’t seem to make any sense to us about Carters and that was why it wasn’t busier, if this restaurant was in our area, we would be there every Saturday lunch time.
I can’t wait to go back next time I am in the Midlands.
Carters of Moseley
2c Wake Green Road,