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Food trends influence Birmingham pubs’ new menu

Six pubs in Birmingham, owned and operated by award winning national pub company Stonegate Pub Company have launched their latest menus and have adopted some of the newest food trends sweeping the UK. The Abbey on Abbey Road in Smethwick, Hillyfields on Quinton Road, White Wart at Tile Cross, Rising Sun on Cockshut Hill, Cross Keys in Erdington and Bagot Arms on Eachelhurst Road have introduced a low calorie meal section, a customisation option encouraging customers to create their own dishes by selecting accompaniments and sauces and a choice of hotdogs reflecting the trend towards American-style dining.

The new low calorie meal section features four dishes under 500 calories, including a chicken and roasted pepper salad at just 400 calories and a smoky three-bean chilli at 455 calories. The trend for customers to have dishes ‘their own way’ has been introduced on the grill section of the menu. Customers can select chicken or rump steak skewers, decide whether to accompany them with potato wedges, chips, side salad or spicy vegetable rice and also which one of five sauce options to top them with. The new pork and beef hotdogs are served three ways, as a classic hot dog, a loaded hotdog with fried red onion, mushroom and melted cheese or as a chilli hotdog, topped with three-bean chilli, fried red onion and melted cheese.

As part of the menu change which sees the design of the menu altered to set out options in clearly defined sections as well as incorporate even more mouth-watering images, the pubs now offer nine dishes within its hugely popular two meals for £8 all day value deal.

Commenting on the menu changes, Stonegate Pub company’s Head of Food Development Perry Huntley said, “We have incorporated food trends such as the influence of American dishes as well as the desire of lower calorie options into this latest menu whilst still keeping our customer favourites. In fact several top pub classic dishes such as hand-battered fish and chips now feature in our great value two meals for £8 deal. We’ve maintained our great value throughout with some unbeatable deals such as two for the price of one desserts, tea or coffee for just 99p and children’s main course for £2.99”