Adventures in Birmingham – Hornton Grange

Who knew this is hidden away on the grounds of the University of Birmingham?

As part of Venue Birmingham Hornton Grange is an impressive Edwardian building tucked away in leafy Edgbaston Park Road. The various venues have meeting rooms, conference and exhibition facilities as well as catering for weddings and celebrations but I only have one interest today; food. More specifically one of my favourite meals, Sunday lunch.

It may help that it is indeed a dazzling sunny afternoon with the proverbial clear blue sky (cue: ELO) but for starters, the setting is just perfect; two miles out of the big city and I could have been in any of the shires.  For starters, the staff are entirely courteous from the minute we walk in and in the main, the menu is more varied than most but offers exactly what it should, a traditional Sunday roast.

The drinks and starters are bought to us but I am left to my own devises at the carvery: BIG MISTAKE. The second mistake, the plates are HUGE. I try to limit my intake seeing as I know I eat half as much as normal people (but twice as often) but it looks so good and I’m a sucker for huge Yorkshire puddings. And stuffing.

The perfect-for-a-sunny-day Zinfandel Rose probably helps in some strange way but there is miraculously room for dessert; carrot cake with fresh creams, beautifully presented and served with a knowing smile, as in, ‘I know you won’t finish it but here you go.’

Couldn’t stand up afterwards but a fabulous Sunday lunch.

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