Location: The Island Inn in West Bromwich is a mere 5 minutes from junction 1 of the M5. So not hard to get to at all, just be careful how you get off the roundabout. The Hawthorns is a mere 5 minutes away, and on matchdays, this is a popular stop-off for home and away fans.
Where do we start! We had come here solely to see the newly refurbished venue and WOW! The Island Inn is simply stunning and we do not use the term stunning often. New seats, new floors a new bar and so much more roomy, with more light in the venue than ever before. We are actually taken back by how good this looks. BRAVO TO THE TEAM. The Island Inn just raised the bar. Spacious, clean and fresh yet it still holds the character of the pub from before. Brilliant
Drinks and Ordering:
The Island inn has a good selection of draught beers, and a very impressive range of shots to go alongside the spirits. The Guinness impressed as did the larger, and the prices are in keeping with the local area. The Island Inn is a busy place with a very mixed crowd, we ordered our food and they accommodated our requests for the curries to come out just after the grill. The grill was with us in 30 mins. The 30 mins flew by to be honest, as we were still admiring the new refurb.
Sizzler: Island Inn West Bromwich
We went with the large mixed grill, simply because there was 4 of us and this bad boy will be more than enough for us 4.
The chicken tikka and chicken lollipops, were both impressive the flavours on the both impressed us, and they were both cooked very well, nothing wrong with these at all.
The wings, cooked well, but, just lacked that spice kick we like in our wings, we did eat them all, standard, but just missing that spark with these.
The shish kebab, last time we ventured to the Island Inn this was not the best, but this is a lot better, more spice and good quality of meat used.
We had both Lamb chops and the pork steak, you can opt for one or the other, the lamb chops were pretty good, spiced well and good well, just lacked spice. The pork steak, these are tricky to get right, but hats off to the guys they nailed it, really impressed, not rubbery, not overgood, not fatty, just really impressive.
Chicken Tikka masala. The portion sizes are quite friendly, the chicken to meat ratio was good, and it was an ok dish, nothing amazing, but not poor either, solid is the word I would use.
The lamb curry. This like the tikka is not bad, the lamb is cooked well, and this certainly had a spicy kick, enjoyed this, best one out of the two.
If you have never been to the Island Inn then add this to your list. The refurb is stunning and just adds so much to the dining experience. The venue has a good regular punter base and always has a good crowd in. It is quite rare you go here and see the place empty.
The atmosphere is always friendly and loud, the drinks are always on point too.
The food competition in and around this area for grills is fierce and people have their favourites. Speaking as a neutral, this is a solid effort from the guys, the food was delivered on time, and the grill was impressive. TBH we are being picky if we try and find fault with the grill. The staff were attentive and the dishes were collected promptly and with a smile.
The Island inn, may not not have appealed to many non-regulars before, but the new look is well worth a visit. The grill impressed and the venue is mightly impressive now.
See you again soon guys.