Championship Chow: The Desi Junction
43 High Street, West Bromwich
Distance from the ground: 10 minutes on foot
Average price of a meal and pint: £9
Despite unwisely ditching the glorious buffet of days of yore (I once tucked into a curry with an egg floating in it: ever a winning combination), the simple menu still delivers when it comes to straightforward North Indian/Pakistani food. We enjoyed chunks of sheekh kebab and chicken tikka sizzler alongside main dishes including a potent and fresh chilli chicken and a coriander-infused lamb stew. The light rotis were delectable and the whole formed something of a feast given the low cost. A quibble might centre upon the unavailability of a couple of vegetable dishes and a waitress with selective hearing (we had a unwanted chicken curry foisted upon us and were too British to complain), but in total, this is a characterful way to kick of an afternoon in the Black Country.