Wednesday 26 June 2019

Food Review: The Lyttelton Arms, Hagley


The Lyttlelton Arms in Hagley has something of a reputation. Despite being located in a quaint village in Worcestershire, just outside of Stourbridge, it's always been known as one of the classier, more established drinking establishments. The food offering has always been around, but has never been as talked about as the drinks, atmosphere and outdoor terrace. Could this be about to change though?

With a new menu and total makeover, the pub has been transformed into a glamorous and premium spot for food and drinks, with the addition of regular live music, events and brand partnered parties. 

The interior "styling is based on the concept of Champagne bubbles and the decadent colour palette inspired by the deep greens and poppy blues of peacock feathers." 

Parking up in the on site car park and walking through the outdoor seating area on a warm day, you can see why The Lyttelton Arms has always been popular, especially on a warm summer evening. Up until this point, not much had changed, but walking into the restaurant and turning right to the bar seating area it was clear that there was a lot more glam on offer. With beautiful turquoise plush velvet chairs and brass fittings, it was a feast for the eyes.

We headed to the bar for our drinks and I took full advantage of the Tanqueray Gin Bar set up especially for the occasion. Here, we could add our own flavours from citrus to fruits.

Back at the table, we nibbled on a serving selection of starters, and I was given my own little plate of gluten free starters to try.

Then, we were royally spoilt with a selection of oysters. Although they're not for everyone, I adore these salty delicacies and they added to the glamour and indulgence of the evening.

We moved over to the main restaurant seating area and sat down to take a look at the new menu. With the usual starters, mains and desserts and plenty of classics such as steaks, burgers and cod and chips, the starters were organised handily into meat free, sea and land as well as sections for healthy mains and rotisserie and grill to help you decide. 

For starters, we ordered the Duck Liver Parfait, Panko-crusted Fried Brie and Tempura Squid. I ordered the Parfait and they had gluten free bread on hand to ensure I had something to spread this smooth and buttery parfait onto. The squid was delightfully light and crispy, whilst the brie was just as you'd expect, hot and gooey. All three dishes came with generous portions of sauces and condiments (a pet hate of mine is to receive too little or none at all!)

Onto main courses, we chose some rather meaty dishes of Steak, Four Bone Lamb Rack and Panko Crumbed Chicken Milanese.

The steak was especially impressive, coming with chips, confit tomato, parsley butter and caramelised onion, stilton and panko crumbed tart as standard. This is before adding the optional extras of sauces, prawns or scallops.

The Chicken was again, crispy and light, whilst my lamb dish was perfect; a little pink, very tender and very filling. My lamb dish was also gluten free, which was impressive as the dauphinoise potatoes so often are not.

All of our mains were again, generously sized, with plenty of sides and sauces coming as standard meaning theres no need to shell out on extras to bulk out small portions here.

Finally, we ordered some very classic desserts of Apple and Rhubarb Crumble,  Creme Brulee and Frozen Berries and Hot White Chocolate Sauce.

All were delicious, and the creme brulee even came with a few Amaretti biscuits (not gluten free) on the side (see what I said about those all important extras?)

It doesn't end here, there was tea and coffee to round up the meal which also come with a few treats, but alas we were far too full to enjoy them. A note, the biscuits were not gluten free.

My thoughts on The Lyttelton Arms? It's been a while since I had a meal as enjoyable as this. The whole evening was so well thought out and everything had been considered. There were tours, an interactive gin station and then just impeccable service from start to finish.

The food itself was fantastic, generous portions, a great selection of everything from meat and chicken to veggie options and plenty of gluten free options too.

There were plenty of delicious gin cocktails on the menu to enjoy that were inventive but drinkable, with no duds to be seen.

Would I come back? Absolutely. From the interiors, to the service, to the drinks menu to the food itself, everything here is worth enjoying alone. From summer drinks outside that are a step above your usual pub standard G&T to starters and sharers to nibble on that beat peanuts hands down, there's so many occasions where The Lyttleton Arms would be the perfect pick. Whatever you thought you knew about The Lyttelton Arms, I promise you it's worth a trip to see just how far it's come.

*GIFTED MEAL. All food and drink was complimentary. With thanks to The Lyttelton Arms.