The Pig & Tail: a success?

Take a neglected backstreet boozer in an area that was once one of the world’s industrial powerhouses.

Lavish on it lots of sympathetic restoration whilst injecting an edge of funkiness.
Introduce a menu of simple plates cooked by chefs who know what they’re doing.
Serve the food alongside decent beers, wines, cocktails and spirits at a price that’s fair.

The result is somewhere very like the convivial and charming Pig & Tail, once the George & Dragon.
It vexes me that about a year has passed since it opened and I’ve only just dragged my arse out of Moseley to visit it.
Especially since I’m fond of its older sister – the Pickled Piglet in Gas Street.

The decor and service

It’s situated in an old corner pub in the Jewellery Quarter – one of those narrow establishments in which overall-clad factory workers would once have enjoyed a pint and a sandwich.
The room is L-shaped and at the rear there’s a courtyard with a few tables and chairs.
Brickwork has been painted light blue. There’s a splash of funky wallpaper near the door.

Tables are stripped wood. There’s some interesting metalwork on the bar’s facia.
Large stained glass windows let in lots of light to create an airy ambiance.
Paintings, for sale, hang on the wall.
A contraption dispenses free flavoured water.
Young and good looking staff scurry about, anxious to please.

The food

Expect a tapas-style menu of snacks, small plates and side dishes.
Tangy smoked almonds, mixed olives and pork crackling of extraordinary lightness of texture were nibbled as our group of four decided on what else to order.

The spiced pulled lamb served on flatbread with an aubergine salsa and yoghurt that I selected was a gorgeously moist and flavoursome combo.
A fennel and lime salad dressed in a peppery olive oil added zing.

There was earthy depth and substance to a baked beetroot, beetroot puree, walnut and blue cheese salad.
Elsewhere on the table a plate of beef fillet in a stroganoff sauce was largely enjoyed – the one grumble being that one of the pieces of beef was tough, though this was readily and speedily replaced.
Hake fishcakes looked pretty on pea puree with fresh peas.

A plate of spicy cauliflower, spinach, bean and coconut yoghurt was well received.
Dirty fries – thin chips with smoked bacon, BBQ sauce and Parmesan – were filthily good.

A dessert of profiterole with almond cream, caramel and nuts was hugely indulgent.
A chocolate parfait looked splendid.

Need to know

Four of us spent about £100 on food and drink – a fair price.
Check out the brunch and Sunday roast menus.
Vegetarians and pescatarians are well catered for.
The places is accessible for the disabled.
There was lots of nearby on-street parking when we visited.
The Pig & Tail
Albion St, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B1 3ED. 0121 212 9964.