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“heard about it on radio 4” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Merry Maid Grill and bar

Merry Maid Grill and bar
Moseley Road | Highgate, Birmingham B12 0EA, England
0121 440 3043
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Ranked #34 of 1,597 Restaurants in Birmingham
Cuisines: Barbecue, Indian, Pub, Grill
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“heard about it on radio 4”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

This was our first visit after hearing about it on the radio. The place looks a bit basic but was very friendly and the food was great. The SMALL mixed grill starter could have feed 4. We had biryanis which where huge and very good and an excellent jhalfaraizi . Great food really friendly landlord and staff. Guinness ok but no real ale. Very nice evening.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Never been so full in all my life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Most of the reviews on here are accurate.

The Merry Maid is a small pub which has an Indian grill menu. A friend recommended it otherwise I'd never go near it. It looks terrible from outside and isn't much better inside, very worn. The service is very pleasant however.

However I came for the food and the food only. Don't expect fine dining, expect a school canteen type table covered with a paper table cloth.

The food is amazing. The mixed grill is the biggest load of meat you'll ever see. It can't be designed for one... As a starter it filled 5 of us and we barely had room for mains. We're not just taking size but taste too. I had the chicken jalfrezi which was nice. Friends had the fish curry and veg biryani. None of us could eat more than half of our meals. I'll know for next time to order less. They pack the left overs to take away. You can also use the place as a take out. The prices are very cheap. 5 of us with fish pakora and mixed grill stater and 5 main meals with sides for everyone was less than a tenner each.

If you go understanding what it is like you can't go wrong. Will be returning for sure.

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“Great hearty portions that taste amazing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I love this place, the food is really tasty and you wont leave hungry. Its Indian home cooking at its best. Yummy!!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A hidden gem - Brum should be proud”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

OK, let's get it clear,. deluxe dining it aint! I was introduced to the Merry Maid by a Sikh friend of mine who described it as a 'dodgy pub'. Well, it isn't dodgy but it is a pub!

My last visit was on Dec 23rd. and the place was packed - so packed that it was an obstacle course to get out! I had a 'small' mixed grill (chops, seekh kebab, tikka and chicken wings piled up high) and a naan bread. All was just perfect., but I struggled to finish it, there was so much!

Don't expect fine dining in elegant surrounds, it's plain and the back room is quite Spartan, if you want luxury go into the city and pay three times as much for poorer quality.

Thinking about it DO NOT GO TO THE MERRY MAID - then I will still be able to get a table!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A humble gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

I come here on a regular basis and can happily say it is some of the best Indian cuisine in Birmingham. The location and decor may not suit all, and is far from classier appearing establishments in Birmingham such as Pushkar's etc. but the food more than makes up for it. The portions verge on epic and are surprisingly lean and not smothered with oil like some places. The mixed grill and chilli chicken are two of my personal favourites, but all the dishes are superb, with spice levels to cater for all tastebuds.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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