Latest Restaurant Review (The Huntsman of Little Wenlock)

The Huntsman of Little Wenlock is an award-winning Inn and Restaurant owned and operated by a local Shropshire family. It is nestled in the Shropshire countryside in the picturesque village of Little Wenlock close to Telford.
It has been a few years since we last visited The Hunstman and there has since been a change of staff with Head Chef, Andy Eaton and the management team who have been in place for the best part of four years and its easy to see why this has been so successful The menus are bursting with wholesome British classics and include some imaginative and delicious combinations, with a strong focus on using only the best fresh local produce.
On arrival we were shown through to the dining room, which has an imposing inglenook fireplace that dominates the large open plan room; floor to ceiling French windows stretch the length of the room, which by day flood the room with natural light and by night reflect the flickering candle light and glow of the log burning stove.
For starters Nik chose the Panko Crusted Black Pudding Hash (£6.50) and my choice was the Goats Cheese Croquettes (£6.25).
My deliciously creamy croquettes were warm and soft on the inside with a lovely light and crispy breadcrumb coating on the outside. They were served with a lovely sweet red pepper chutney and salad.
Nik’s black pudding hash was served with a fried quail’s egg and a pick peppercorn sauce. Sometimes black pudding can be a little heavy with only a small amount being enough, but this really high-quality pudding had been mixed with a lovely light mash which actually made it quite delicate. Coated in super crispy breadcrumbs, the hash had a fabulous golden shell, the perfect little quail’s egg was a lovely touch that made the dish that extra bit special, the pink peppercorn sauce was smooth and extremely tasty, complimenting the hash perfectly.
Nik decided on a dish from the specials for his main which was the Posh ‘Fish & Chips’ (£16.95) and I ordered the Confit Duck Leg (£13.95).
My duck was served on a chorizo and butter bean cassoulet with crispy kale. The duck leg had a wonderfully crispy skin with a lovely rich flavour. The spiciness from the chorizo was perfect with the creamy butter beans and the crispy Kale added a really nice extra texture.
Nik’s posh fish & chips consisted of four very large lightly battered prawns and a large battered cod fillet, served with crushed minted peas and amazingly fluffy yet crisp chunky chips. The large and succulent prawns were coated in a light batter which kept the prawns really juicy. The cod fillet had large white flakes and the batter was perfectly crisp, topped with a helping of the delicious crushed minted peas and a dollop of freshly homemade tartare sauce, this is the way fish and chips should be done, fabulous!
For desserts Nik opted for the Milk Chocolate & Cointreau Cheesecake (£6.25) and I had the Belgian Waffle (£6.25).
The warm waffle was lovely and soft and freshly cooked – the warm chocolate sauce and the cold scoop of vanilla ice-cream were the prefect combination for this dish!
The cheesecake was served with a slice of candid orange. Nik said it was extremely smooth and creamy, the combination of the chocolate with a hint of Cointreau was excellent and the biscuit base was perfect, not too crumbly, not too hard – a lovely end to the meal.
Apparently their traditional Sunday roasts are widely regarded as ‘the best’ in the area and are always popular, so it’s worth booking early to avoid disappointment.
If you just want to pop in for a drink the Huntsman’s Bar is a comfortable and cosy dog friendly retreat with a large open fire and plentiful seating, where you can enjoy a wide range of drinks including a selection of locally brewed real ales.
The Huntsman pub continues to gain awards on a regular basis, the latest was the Shropshire Star pub of the year 2017 and their entry in the CAMRA good beer guide 2019, as well as CAMRA pub of the season 2017.
A wide choice of gins are available and we asked their gin expert Rachel to suggest one for us to try, she suggested the Violet gin with a Mediterranean tonic – which was amazing – there is also a gin menu if you need some help deciding what to have.
Accommodation is available and consists of three delightful and well-appointed bedrooms, two double and one twin (which can be made into a double if required). The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, each being en-suite and with free Wi-Fi included. Hunters Cottage is also available for short or long term breaks.
During December the A la carte menu will be available as well as the Christmas fayre menu, available lunchtimes and evenings.
Everything about The Huntsman is designed to encourage you to relax and enjoy your visit, whether you are popping in for a beer and a read of the papers; enjoying the best roast dinner in the area in the fabulous restaurant; or perhaps staying overnight in the comfortable, en-suite accommodation. The Huntsman is an oasis of calm tucked away in beautiful Shropshire countryside that allows you to unwind and re-charge your batteries as you enjoy the fabulous hospitality offered by the team.
If you haven’t visited yet – you must! It really is the perfect place to leave behind the hustle and bustle whilst you enjoy good food, real ale, log fires and good company.
Reviewed by Fleur & Nik Abel

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