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“A slightly dissapointing experience”

Hen and Chickens PH
Ranked #53 of 2,322 Restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Barbecue, Indian, Pub, Grill
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Visited here based on the trip reviews. Run by very friendly staff but
Just didn`t do it for us. Mixed Grill was plentiful but a touch greasy.
My partner enjoyed his beer but the venue was really basic and not what we expected of a great pub.
Needs a serious upgrading on interior fixtures and fittings to even start to be worthy of its T.A. Rating.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

On our visit to Birmingham I checked out the top places to eat and found this at number one. I read the reviews about it being a pub not a restaurant and rang to book. A very courteous young man warned us it was not a restaurant which I said did not bother us as we knew was was a pub. We walked in early and our table was still being used and we sat down to some Doombar and watched every one elses meals being served and we knew we were in for a treat. The men in the party had not read the reviews about the huge mixed grill (see main photo, i think that is the small one) and they ordered the large mixed grill for starter between 3 of them! We noticed couples ordering a mixed grill and a portion of rice and a roti as a meal. The ladies had the lamb chops which were lovely and we tried some of the mixed grill as the men were waning by then. We could have had the mixed grill between the five of us would have been plenty! Most of us had the lamb saag for mains and I was most upset as being full up at the end I had to leave some of my saag sauce, the lamb melted in your mouth. We had 2 pilau and an egg fried rice, nicest pilau ever. ( We have eaten curries in Bradford, Leeds, Birmingham and Fairbourne!) We had one naan and some roti, which were all spot on.The service from the bar and waitress staff was helpful, kind and attentive. The barman ordered us a taxi at the end of the meal. I loved the surroundings, typical old style pub with a pool table and sports tv. Apart from a couple of devoted pool players everyone was eating. We only visit Birmingham once a year but we will certainly return to Hens and Chickens PH on our next visit and try different dishes and thanks to all the staff for a wonderful experience. PS The bill was £90 for 5 of us £40.00 for the beverages and £50.00 for the food. £10.00 per head for a two course meal!!

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2  Thank VanessaRoad
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

The pub looks very unassuming from the outside, and Sky Sports was on quite loud, but we went specially after looking up reviews on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. The staff were incredibly helpful (made us a veg madras even though it was not on the menu, offered us biryani and poppadoms which were not on the menu, asked us how hot we would like the curries and advised us about the beer). There was a bit of a wait for the food- but it was well worth it! It was all absolutely delicious, beautifully spiced, freshly made and not too greasy. We have Indian food a lot and normally there is a layer of grease/fat on top of the curries - this was not the case here. We were also very impressed by the price - it was a lot less than we normally pay, despite clearly being made by a talented chef. Very highly recommended!

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1  Thank C W
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Came here with my partner after reading the reviews on trip advisor. There is a reason it is rated No2 of all the restaurants in Birmingham and that's because the food it just unbelievable. The bar staff and waitress are so lovely and friendly made us feel like we've been in there a million times before. They remembered our names and seemed genuinely happy to talk to us. Yes it is a pub but if you love good honest fresh home cooked food then leave your judgements at the door as this place is a real uncut diamond of a place. We will definitely be returning when we are next in Birmingham. Just loved the chicken bhuna to much. :) Lizi & Mike :)

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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Visited for the second time and we were not disappointed. The food was great and the portions enormous (we took half of it home as a takeaway!). We started with a small mixed grill between two of us. All meats were nicely spiced and very tasty and it came with a large portion of salad. We felt there was enough to feed about four people. For our mains we had keema mutter and a chicken jalfrezi, both were very good and spiced to our tastes. It was a very nice surprise to find that they now have real ale, and we were offered a taste of both ales that they had on. Both the bombardier and doom bar were good, obviously being well kept. The service was great, the guy behind the bar was very friendly and attentive. Can't fault the place!

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