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Sunday Special.

NAME: The Black Eagle

ADDRESS/PHONE: Factory Road, Hockley, Birmingham. 0121 523 4008

MENU RANGE: Set menu for pounds 8.50 which has a choice of five starters, main courses and several puds.

VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Two vegetarian starters, one main course.

THE Black Eagle is almost the pub that time forgot.

Set in the heart of the Industrial Revolution's birthplace, it is easy to imagine soot-stained factory workers popping in for a refreshing pint of ale on their walk home.

But in 1998 the pub survives by being so much more than just another backstreet local.

The staff are friendly, atmosphere congenial and the Sunday welcome even extends to offering complimentary pickled onions, cheese and crisps at the bar while you decide what to order.

Be warned, however, advance booking is essential as the pub's two sittings are massively popular.

Choosing from the alnclusive pounds 8.50 menu, we both sank bowls of soup for starters.

I opted for pea and ham, an old school favourite, while my partner polished off a tasty portion of broccoli and stilton.

The only fear about the main course was that the plates would be big enough to hold it!

One of the largest Yorkshire puddings I have seen simply towered over several slices of bee gravy and a good selection of vegetables.

It was a fine feast which would even have done justice to the hearty appetite of a 19th century Birmingham foundryman.

My partner chose peppers stuffed with rice accompanied by a similarly groaning portion of veg.

We finished with two calorific puds: apple crumble with custard and a cream-drenched chocolate fudge cake.

Including drinks, our bill came to a shade over pounds 20 which, I'll wager, was a touch more than the average worker's annual wage 100 years ago.

But, in an age of theme pubs and disco bars it was pleasant to visit a local where friendliness, good value and decent grub are still cherished.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 6, 1998
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