Indian Brewery: does it hit the target?

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A pint and a curry: a combination that’s fuelled generations of Britons.

But at the Indian Brewery Snowhill, it’s been reinvented.
The beer is made at the Indian Brewery Company’s own place in Great Barr.

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The food is unfussy Indian street food fare.
The ambience is Shoreditch-meets-Mumbai.
It’s a place to which I’m sure to return.

Decor

It’s located in a railway arch a few doors down from Connolly’s Wine.
An open plan kitchen lies at the back, a bar stands at the side and the rest of the space is taken up with long communal wooden tables, some with chairs but most with benches.

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The walls are mostly boarding, decorated with a Indian movie posters and hessian coffee bean sacks.
Some great Asian music plays in the background.
It’s got a kind of hipster Bollywood vibe.

Service

You order at the bar, get a receipt with a number, find a seat and wait for your food.
It wasn’t especially speedy, but not problematically slow. And the lads who run the gaff are charming.

Food and drink

There’s a breakfast menu, but the lunchtime and evening card is dominated by snacks and more substantial mixed grills.
Two of us shared four dishes and probably would have managed happily with three.
The food was freshly prepared, hearty and skilfully spiced.

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Fat Naans – two pillow-soft pieces of bread topped with tender chicken, vegetables and tangy, refreshing sauces – were great finger food in a messy sort of way.
Chaat Bomb – a combination of chopped up samosa topped with chickpeas and sauces – was a delight.

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Pakora Pops were pleasantly crisp on the outside and soft within, with a punchy sour dipping sauce at the side..
Only the Indian Fish & Chips was a let-down – a characterless plate of rather dry battered fish with thinly-sliced fried spuds and a sort of pimped-up tartar sauce.

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I drank a pint of Peacock amber ale and relished its hint of sweetness against the heat of the food.
Opposite a large glass of malbec seemed to disappear rapidly.

Need to know

We paid £33 for two, but over-ordered.
Indian Brewery is open all day.
It’s a cafe rather than restaurant.
There are vegetarian options.
There’s a car park opposite and lots of on-street P&D.

Indian Brewery Snowhill
Livery Street, Birmingham B3 1EU.
www.indianbrewery.com