So, whenever I take a motorway trip I try and find somewhere tasty just a short detour away.
Burger Shop in Worcester is one example.
So too is the Crown at Burchetts Green.
Another such place is Tap and Tandoor in Solihull. Recommended by the excellent Birmingham blogger Meat & One Veg Blog, this craft beer pub meets Indian restaurant is located just a five minute detour from the M42 on the outskirts of Birmingham.
With its pubby vibe, this is exactly the kind of place where you could spend the evening tucking away a clutch of pints and pause halfway through the night for some dinner.
Their craft beer list is at the more obvious end of the spectrum but there were a few things of interest including a light and refreshing Sleeping Limes gose from Wild Beer. Tiny Rebel, Magic Rock, Gipsy Hill and Beavertown also feature on can and tap; it’s certainly an upgrade from a bottle of Kingfisher.
The menu focuses on small plates, home-style curries and meat cooked over charcoal.
Three of us shared a selection of dishes to make up a light lunch.
Butter chicken (£7.50) had excellent complexity to its spicing and the gravy was seriously rich and creamy.
Alongside a super soft, cheesy and chilli flecked naan (£2.65), they were the two standout dishes of the meal.
A regular mixed grill (£12.50) was lovely too - fiery seekh kebabs, nicely charred lamb chops and juicy chicken wings were the highlights. Chicken tikka was well spiced but could have been a touch more tender.
Plain rice (£1.85) was light and fluffy…
whilst mogo chips (£3.75) made with casava were crisp and coated in a sweet, spicy and tangy sauce.
I really liked Tap and Tandoor - it’s a great concept which has been well executed. If you ever find yourself driving along the M42 then it’s well worth checking out.
Address - Tap and Tandoor Solihull, 658 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 3DX
Telephone - 0121 711 1166