I love eating out, there are many positives of eating out regularly. Eating out is a fabulous way of socialising with family and friends; diners often get to try a new style of cuisine or a new recipe and practically its a fab way of not having to cook and do any washing up. I decided in 2015 that I will only review independent restaurants, so no review of chain restaurant to be featured on this blog.
In the heart of Staffordshire (and also very close to the border of West Midlands) lies this quintessential British country pub, The Littleton Arms. In fact, this picture perfect pub is well-known amongst my friends, acquaintances on social media and also my work colleagues. I've been meaning to go to this restaurant for some time and after an initial get together at this pub was cancelled, I was pleased to be informed that one of the many Christmas do's that I attended were to be held there. I was instantly impressed with the outside of the building which was snowy white and located off the main road for easy access. The inside the pub is spacious and has a rustic country feel including wooden tables and chairs. The staff were friendly and were able to answer questions about the food served. A further positive of this restaurant is that the food that are locally sourced food in the South Staffordshire area.
I started off my meal with the obligatory fresh bread (£1) and marinated olives (£2) I decided to have nibbles instead of ordering a starter. There are a number of tempting starters for those who are interested (or who have room) such as The Hot and Sour Rabbit Broth (£6.50), Garlic and Theme Oyster Mushrooms (£6.25) and Seared Scallops £8.95).
The main courses are often the highlight of the meal for me, I ordered the pork belly (£16) which was served with crispy crackling, creamy mashed potatoes & red cabbage. I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer size and meatiness of the pork belly. I have only used to eating shop brought pork belly but the slice that was served was so far superior in size and presentation. Most importantly, the taste was divine, tender, meaty and rich, this topped with the crispy and flavoursome crackling made this dish one of the best dishes I have eaten in 2014. The accompaniment to the pork belly were well suited: the mash was creamy, velvety and smooth and the red cabbage was sweet and was the perfect balance to the dish. If this dish does not take your fancy, there are other dishes to try such as Haddock and Chips (£12.95), Slow Braised Ox Cheek (£16.95) and 10 oz Rib Eye Steak (£21.95).
They say, "they've saved the best until last". I certainly think this saying is true when describing the dessert menu. As a firm chocoholic I ordered the Chocolate and Hazelnut tart served with panna cotta hazelnuts and a caramel sauce (£6). I loved the flavour of the chocolate, not too sweet and not bitter. The pastry was perfectly buttery and crisp and the pana cotta. I loved the combination of the crisp pastry and the gooey chocolate served generously with the palette cleanser of the panna cotta. I also loved the portion size. Other desserts which caught my eye include: Milk Chocolate Melting Sponge (£5.95) and Lemon Meringue Creme Brûlée (£5.95).
Positives: Delicious locally sourced food, generous portion sizes, friendly staff and reasonably priced.
Negatives: This pub gets incredibly busy so booking is advised.
This restaurant gets a 4.5 star rating by Food Glorious Food.
Food Glorious Food Restaurant rating index.
5 Star - Excellent: loved the food, loved the restaurant, loved the service, Already booked my next visit.
4 Star - Overall good: food was delicious will visit soon.
3 Star - Average: food was nice, but improvements can be made. No rush to return.
2 Star - Below average: nothing special, in no rush to visit again.
1 Star - Inadequate: Do not go, you have been warned.
Disclaimer: I reviewed this restaurant because I love eating out.