No Bull, just great Thai cuisine

Ann, chef Mee and his wife, Tar, help create a unique dining experience

It’s not immediately visible from the street and many Sedgley residents don’t know it exists.

Yet, situated at the rear of the Bull’s Head pub, on Bilston Street, is one of Sedgley’s hidden gems and one of the best restaurants in the Black Country.

Mee’s Thai restaurant has only been open for nine months, but, in this short space of time, has built up an excellent reputation among those in the know.

Forget ready-meals and microwaves. This is authentic Thai cuisine, prepared by an expert chef using the finest ingredients.

“When we first opened, we sometimes found it difficult to buy Thai vegetables and other ingredients such as pandan leaves,” says restaurant owner Ann, who, along with chef Mee and John, landlord of the Bull’s Head, has transformed the pub’s former games area into a stylish place to eat and relax.

“Now, however, we get fresh, authentic ingredients delivered to our door.”

And it certainly shows in the cooking. A typical starter, such as Thai mixed platter, is an explosion of colour and taste. Enjoy succulent prawn and chicken toast, king prawn and vegetable spring rolls, chicken wrapped in pandan leaf and chicken satay skewers, all garnished lovingly with expertly carved raw vegetables and salad leaves.

For the main course, choose from a wide range of sizzling stir-fries, delve into the magnificent, lemongrass-infused flavours of a Thai curry (completely different to the Indian or Chinese versions) or plunge into a sumptuous seafood dish.

Sedgleyscene opted for sea bass, cooked to perfection and served with finely chopped red, green and yellow pepper, garlic, coriander, lime and chilli. The aroma was so appealing that a large group of friends drinking in the pub’s bar decided to eat here as well.

Accompanying this fine dish, we also tucked into stir-fried duck with slivers of ginger, sweet and sour chicken in tempura batter and two rice dishes – all were excellent and the best we had sampled in the region.

For dessert, there is a selection of authentic homemade treats to choose from – a refreshing change from the usual array of frozen ice-cream on offer in many other restaurants.

Although feeling somewhat full by this stage, we at Sedgleyscene managed to make room for coconut pancake roll (a delicious confection coloured with pandan leaf) and mhor-keang – Thai custard, baked and served with ice-cream. Both were a suitably lavish way to end a superb meal.

Our fellow diners were similarly impressed, saying that, although they had no idea the Bull’s Head was home to a Thai restaurant, they would definitely be back soon.

And that’s exactly what Ann hopes for too, saying: “We’re dedicated to serving the best in Thai cuisine and making sure our customers are happy and want to come back.”

Sedgleyscene will certainly be coming back and, if you’ve yet to discover this gem of a restaurant, we suggest you make the first of what will doubtless be many visits.

Mee’s Thai is located in the Bull’s Head pub, 27 Bilston Street, Sedgley, DY3 1JA. Call 01902 661676 or visit their website for more details and to view their menus.

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Serving up the best in Sedgley

Feeling peckish?

Sedgley is well-served by restaurants, with a variety of cuisines on offer to cater for all tastes.

In the centre itself, diners can choose from Indian, Chinese, Thai or traditional English pub grub – all at reasonable prices.

Local resident, Richard Smith, particularly recommends Indian restaurant Sedgley Spice in Bilston Steet, saying: “What a fantastic meal I had at Sedgley Spice – they even gave my brother a free birthday cake. Top service!”

And, just a few doors down from here is one of the village’s best-kept secrets – Mee’s Thai Restaurant, located at the back of the Bull’s Head pub.

Here diners can choose from a delicious array of Thai cuisine made using authentic ingredients and served in a relaxing atmosphere.

Although it’s only been open six months, this latest addition to Sedgley’s dining scene has already built up an excellent reputation among residents, thanks to excellent customer service, reasonable prices and perfectly-

Diners in Sedgley can choose from a wide range of cuisines, including Italian, Thai, Chinese, Indian or traditional

prepared dishes. Booking is a must, as Mee’s is always bustling.

For lovers of Italian food, a visit to Cafe Casita in Clarence Street, Upper Gornal, is essential. Managers Anna and Erminio pride themselves on creating a welcoming atmosphere, accompanied by authentic cuisine.

Choose from a menu bursting with freshly-prepared dishes, such as slithers of salmon served on a bed of lettuce drizzled with balsamic to start, followed by chicken breast, cooked in red wine with tomatoes, peppers, onions and herbs.

And, moving on to Lower Gornal, a visit to The Fountain is always a memorable experience, with a huge range of locally-sourced sausage and mash combinations to choose from, along with a menu featuring Black Country specialities and pub grub favourites. Sunday lunches here are always hugely popular, with a regular choice of three roast meats.

Have you been to one of Sedgley’s superb restaurants recently? We’d love to hear your reviews. Get in touch with us here at Sedgleyscene or via our Twitter feed.