There are no doubt better steaks – those perfectly-cooked chunks of protein served at Fiesta del Asado are beyond question my personal favourites in Birmingham.
And there are are probably more salubrious surroundings in which to eat a bit of beef – the view from the 25th floor MPW at The Cube takes some beating.
But the Cow Club held each Monday at the glorious Red Lion in the Jewellery Quarter takes some beating for value.
The Cow Club is held at the pub each Monday from 5pm. You buy a steak and get a glass of wine free. Buy two and you get a bottle.
A couple of steaks, a shared plate of treacle sponge pudding with custard and a bottle of very pleasant Sicilian red cost a touch over £20 for two of us.
A cracking Victorian boozer whose character has been retained, but which has been given a contemporary urban edge by some fantastic artwork.
There’s an airy, no-nonsense bar at the front, a lounge behind, a brilliant beer garden and, upstairs, a function room.
The sirloin steak served to my wife and I was precisely cooked – her’s medium-rare, mine rare. They were tender and flavoursome lumps of meat.
The hand-cut, home-made chips were wonderful, the grilled beef tomato juicy and sweet and the baked mushroom suitably fungal.
A slight word of criticism – the garlic butter I ordered with my steak was a little too garlicky even for my garlic-loving palate. But Lynn had no moans about the peppercorn sauce that she ate.
The treacle sponge was a great big moist, sweet, tooth-rotting, calorific delight. The custard might well have been Birds, which is no bad thing.
The Red Lion has an extensive range of craft beers and lagers and serves decent wine.
Need to know
- There are sandwiches, snacks, pub classics, grills and more sophisticated dishes.
- Keep your eye on the website for events at the pub.
- Families are welcome, with some conditions.
95 Warstone Lane, Birmingham B18 6NG
0121 233 9144