Review: The Cock Inn, Sutton Coldfield

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The Cock Inn is a Country Gastro Style Pub, near the village of Wishaw in the West Midlands. The_Cock_Inn_July_06_4_800x600 It has a lovely stylish interior, log burning fires and comfy seating perfect for winter as well as a beautiful patio with decking for alfresco dining in the summer. We’re quite regular visitors to this pub, its only about a 15 min drive from us and offers pretty good food at reasonable prices. There are also a few ‘sister’ pubs to The Cock, two in the Sutton Coldfield area, and one over in Wolverhampton. The menu is in general, pretty large, which previously we haven’t been that keen on, but actually seemed a little more refined to us The_Cock_Inn_July_06_3_800x600on this visit. The menu ranges from traditional favourites such as fish and chips and steaks to freshly made pizzas and pastas, as well as daily specials. Unbeknownst to us we had booked a table on ‘Fabulous Fish Friday’ where the specials are dedicated to fresh fish and shellfish. We booked quite early on a Friday evening, but there were already several tables occupied, and by the time 830pm ticked around the place was full. Service was good, it seemed to be a slick well run machine, and they need to be as the restaurant looks to seat about 80 at a time, but we had no complaints.

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Dining area

There were some nice wines on the list as well as a good choice of beers. Lee went for a pint of Purity UBU, which is one of his favourites and I had my standard, a glass of prosecco, which came with a whole raspberry, a nice touch.

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Our drinks

For starters I had one of the daily specials – Sweet Chilli Scallops with Watermelon Salad and Pomegranate Molasses. I thought this sounded really intriguing. I liked the presentation and the scallops were well cooked, the watermelon was refreshing, and went well with the sweet molasses. The ‘salad’ consisted of a few rocket leaves which was a little disappointing. A nice dish overall, but lacked a little something to bring all the elements together. Lee’s Starter was Arancini Breaded Risotto balls with mozzarella and roasted sweet peppers and a green chilli mayonnaise. We both assumed from this description that the balls would be filled with the mozzarella and peppers, but in fact they were just mozzarella, while the peppers were more like a relish on the side. Both the green chilli mayonnaise and these peppers were delicious, while the balls themselves just a bit lacking in seasoning, which wasn’t to important as long as you had a bit of something else on the fork alongside them.

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Scallops

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Risotto Balls

I chose the Duck Salad for main course – crispy duck tossed with mooli, sesame seeds, carrot & cucumber in a plum & hoisin sauce, while Lee had the Pan-fried calves liver with Parmentier potatoes, Savoy cabbage & pancetta lardons. Lee loves his offal, but is always a little wary of ordering it, in case it is overcooked, as it really ruins the whole dish. I can’t really comment on this, I’m not the biggest fan of offal, particularly liver or kidney, although I am partial to a sweetbread. I digress… Anyway, despite his reservations about ordering it, he went for it, and actually was really pleased. The liver was cooked very well, the sauce was rich and lovely crispy herby potatoes. His only complaint – the large sprig of rosemary ‘decoratively’ placed on top. He nemesis is the large piece of inedible garnish….! My main was also great – an abundance of crispy duck, and ribbons of fresh crunchy salad. I liked the addition of lots of hot red chilli, but felt they could have been sliced a bit thinner, getting one of the thick slices in your mouth was a little warm!! This is something my mother had also commented on only about a week before, so it wasn’t just someone being a little heavy-handed with his knife skills that day!

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Calves Liver

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Duck Salad

Desserts were a traditional affair with a hearty Apple and Blackcurrant Crumble and a twist on an Eton Mess – Chocolate Brownie Eton Mess to be exact! Both puds were also lovely. Lee thought his crumble was really tasty, warming and like a little hug in a bowl. And as for my eton mess, it was chocolate brownie, cream and meringue. What could go wrong.

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Eton Mess

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Crumble

Overall it was, as usual, a decent meal. It had defintite highlights, but some dishes seemed like they could have done with just a little more attention to detail to make them standout and be great rather than just good. Check it out if you’re in the area!

The Cock Inn Bulls Lane, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B76 9QL

http://www.cockinnwishaw.co.uk

PS – sorry for the poor photo quality in this post. The lighting in the pub was very dim, so the choice was dark photos, or the strange iPhone flash effect….

Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own

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