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.
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.