The High Field is no doubt one of the best places to dine in Edgbaston. Serving up fantastic menus at an attractive location, The High Field also provides a superb range of hot dishes and is truly a family- friendly establishment. The pub has undergone some impressive renovations and it’s now even more tempting to visit than ever before.
The latest menu from this popular Edgbaston pub is all about how amazing (and impressive!) the season’s produce can be. Showcasing a great selection of dishes for any occasion, I’ll go as far to say that our meal at the High Field recently is one of the best we’ve had in 2023. The service was spot on and not too over-attentive. Dining out as a family of four (also with a 4-month old) can be quite scary at times but thankfully the team were exceptionally accommodating. If you want a summary of how it goes, my three-year-old ate almost all of his 3-courses. That tells you everything you need to know.
New Renovations at The High Field
Located in the heart of Edgbaston, it’s the perfect place to visit if you don’t want the bustle of town, but still want a fairly relaxed dining and drinking experience. On the spring menu that we ate from, highlights included Cornish lamb (this was absolutely stunning!) Devonshire crab, daily market fish and English asparagus – all offering a choice of gorgeous dishes to suit any occasion or preference.
In keeping with the High Field ethos, the new renovation focuses on a subtle colour palette with aspects of vibrant colour to accentuate all of the pub’s most beautiful features. The team have repurposed and renewed sofas, chairs and soft furnishings and have refreshed them with velvets in rich teal and olive tones. As well as elegant country scene fabrics, nature-inspired accessories and lots of leafy green plants, the interior coincides perfectly with its wonderful garden space that is full of plants and flowers. On the walk through from the car park -located at the back entrance – a new patio layout enables plenty of spots to soak up some summer sunshine whilst staying cool. The garden itself is absolutely beautiful and is filled with a wide range of pretty flowers, plants, buds and blossoms.
Dining as a family of four
The team knew we were coming on the day and had kindly prepared a table for us at the back of the room with enough space for the pram. We could see directly into the kitchen hatch so could eyeball the dishes being prepared. There were various tables full of parties dotted around us – clearly a fantastic space for celebrating. Sebastian, my youngest, sat at the table with us and a highchair was offered for Evie, although she is still a bit too small to use one. Little personal touches like this go a long way when dining out as a family and it was very much appreciated that the staff had been notified ahead of time.
Menus were shown to us as water was brought to the table and it was very good to know that there is a separate one for children. Smaller portions at smaller prices. There’s a good range of plates to begin with (padron peppers, chipolatas, camembert, chicken wings and such) alongside a starter selection. We were offered 3-courses with drinks and dived straight into ordering. I liked the sound of the Twice-Baked Cheddar & Comte Soufflé, with Waltnut and Rocket Salad (£9.25). Josh opted for the Burrata with Tomatoes, Pesto and Olive Oil (£9.50) off the specials menu. Sebby also joined us with some Jimmy Butler’s Honey Mustard Chipolatas (£5.75). Needless to say, we all polished the lot and the Soufflé was stunning. A drizzle of cheese over the top, it wasn’t too heavy and made the most ideal first course. The apple paired with the walnuts gave it the perfect crunch. I tried some of the Burrata and that too was wonderfully presented.
It was difficult to choose a main meal because everything sounds great, but I finally asked for the Cornish Lamb Cannon (£24) from the specials menu that comes with Herb Couscous, Feta, Pomegranate & Mint Yoghurt and it’s quite possibly one of the best lamb dishes I’ve ordered. It was succulent, tender and burst with flavour. Crispy skin lies on the top and the flavour runs into the food underneath. I would order this dish a hundred times over albeit the most expensive things on the menu – absolutely spectacular.
Josh’s 12oz Sirloin on the Bone (£32.50) arrived and I immediately wanted to try some. It arrived rare as requested and cut through easily. The juicy fat strip was perfectly charred and the meat was accompanied by a handful of chips and small rocket salad. Peppercorn sauce was requested on the side. I tried a strip of the steak and it was seasoned well and cooked to perfection. Sebby’s meal consisted of the Aubrey Allen’s Steak Burger with Cheddar Cheese & Fries (£7.50). He ate 3/4 of it and we took the rest home to finish later.
After a short break and some drink refills — I was loving the non-alcoholic Caleño Libre, consisting of Pineapple, Coconut, Coke & Lime (£5.50). Puddings were briskly ordered and came in record time. The Treacle Tart with Clotted Cream was the perfect sweetness I needed after a meat-loaded dish. (£7.75) I wish the portion could have been a touch bigger but was wonderful regardless. Josh asked for the Buttermilk Pannacotta with Poached English Rhubarb and Amaretti (£8.25). Sebby gobbled all of his Brownie and Ice Cream (£4.75) in less than 5 minutes. I asked him if he liked his meal and he stated: ‘Yes mommy, it’s very nice’. Note that the plates change depending on season – so main meals and puddings/cheese will vary depending on time of year.
In all, it was a truly great meal and we’re already itching to go back. We left feeling full, but not overly bloated which can happen a lot of the time when ordering 3-courses. We felt jolly and very happy with our experience at The High Field and it’ll be lovely to take the kids back. We aim to sit outside next time so Sebby can explore the garden a bit more, and we can dive under the umbrellas on the patio while we eat. We made sure to leave a tip, even though visiting for review purposes as we felt the new renovation, overall team and experience was one worth rewarding. If you are thinking of heading here over the summer, it might be wise to book a table in advance via the website. A huge thanks to the stunning pub for a truly memorable family meal.
I was invited for a 3-course meal with drinks in return for honest feedback. As always, opinions are my own and haven’t been influenced in any way.
Things to note: The High Field has on-street parking on Highfield Road and a pay-and-display car park at the rear of the pub.
The High Field, 22 Highfield Road, Edgbaston B15 3DP
The High Field have recently launched their brand new breakfast menu and the sound of the Hand-Picked Devonshire Crab sounds right up my street. As always, you can order hot drinks, cooler softs and stiffeners (think Champagne Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, Strawberry Belinis and Aperol Spritz!) There really is something for everyone to enjoy here. Served Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 10:45am and Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 10:45am.