I was recently invited to try out the trendy, nostalgic Cosy Club restaurant in Coventry. I’d tried out the Cosy Club in Stamford a few years ago and absolutely loved the food and the atmosphere, so I was really looking forward to visiting the Coventry branch! I’d never been to Coventry before, despite it only being 30 minutes away from me on the train from Milton Keynes, so it was nice to have a little day out somewhere new! Before we went for lunch at the Cosy Club, we walked around the shops in the town centre and visited the medieval cathedral which was left in ruins after a WWII bombing.
The thing that I love most about Cosy Club is the quirky and eccentric decor, that kind of makes you feel like you’re having lunch at your old aunts house! The cool and fun lounge style includes fringed lampshades, reclaimed wooden floorboards, fancy patterned wallpaper and grand framed oil portraits.
I loved all the on-trend accessories and the whole stylish ambience, and there’s also a gorgeous outdoor terrace so that you can enjoy your drinks in the sunshine. Cosy Club offers informal casual dining, drinking and lounging in a family friendly environment.
Whether you’re into brunch or tapas, the Cosy Club food menu offers casual dining for everyone. The menu includes everything from comfort food classics to sandwiches, burgers, and some delicious desserts! For starters you can pick from the sharing options or perhaps one of the tapas dishes, which are only 3 for £13.95 and there’s a large selection to choose from.
They even have dedicated gluten free and vegan menus too! Plus, if you’ve got kids, there’s a brilliant menu for the little people including a fancy mezze plate. Kids can also enjoy the classic board games and colouring to keep busy whilst they wait for their food!
Cosy Club have a huge drinks menu too, including plenty of cocktails (or mocktails, if you’re being good!). The cocktail menu features some classic concoctions (think Bloody Marys and Mojitos) plus some fun and fresh new twists, like the Vanilla Espresso Martini or Lime Curd Caipirinha!
I tried the English Rose sparkling cocktail; made from bulldog gin, a splash of lemon juice and rose water, with fresh strawberries and topped with prosecco, and Gavin picked the Cherry Bakewell; cherry juice & Amaretto almond liqueur, mixed with Ron Barcelo rum, a drop of caramel syrup and garnished with a cherry.
For starters we decided to opt for the tapas menu so selected three dishes for us both to share. We went for for the Halloumi Sticks with chipotle chilli jam, Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough Toast with cream cheese, and Crispy Sesame Chicken with a soy & ginger dipping sauce.
The halloumi sticks were a sure winner with both of us really enjoying them and I especially liked the sweet jam to dip them in. Then Gavin had the chicken to himself which he enjoyed (and the portion size quite generous), and I had the mushroom toast, which was probably the least exciting of the three, as the toast was a little bit too crisp for me and the mushrooms not as creamy as I had hoped.
For the main course, Gavin enjoyed the 28 Day Aged 8oz Sirloin Steak which came with thick-cut chips and a wild rocket and parmesan salad. I thought the price of this was really good value at only £16.95, as steak places usually charge at least £20 for similar. The steak was cooked perfectly (medium rare, as requested) and was nice and tender and juicy.
I went for the whole rack of Baby Back Ribs which came with a home made smoked ketchup, sweet potato fries and house slaw. Although the meat on the ribs was delicious and easy to pull off the bone, I found the ketchup not to be very smoky and I would have preferred a more BBQ-y sauce. But overall both mains were tasty and the fries were nice and crisp (I hate soggy limp chips!).
And finally.. the puddings! Their desserts menu had so many choices on it that it was tricky to choose, but I decided to go for their Salted Caramel Cheesecake which is what I had years ago when I visited the Stamford branch. I was so pleased to see it was still on the menu as I loved it before, and the waiter told me it’s always been a firm favourite with customers. And I can see why! The picture doesn’t really do it justice but it is BIG! A delicious creamy cheesecake topped with a drizzle of butterscotch sauce and a sprinkling of sweet and salty popcorn. So yummy!
Gavin went for the Warm Chocolate Brownie which came with chocolate sauce and sweet vanilla ice cream. I usually try to avoid chocolatey desserts these days as often they are just too rich for me, but this wasn’t sickly at all. It was really creamy and spongy with none of that heavyness you can often get with chocolate desserts. Another winner, and both desserts were beautifully presented!
I also had my eye on the Nutella & Vanilla Cream Doughnut topped with candy floss and raspberry dust! How amazing does that sound! Definitely next on my list…
Overall I would definitely recommend The Cosy Club for a casual but fun dining experience, especially if you love cocktails, tapas, and have a sweet tooth for yummy puds!