The Tayleur Arms is a warm and welcoming family run pub situated in Longden Upon Tern; a lovely rural village on the outskirts of Telford. The Harvey family had to completely rebuild the pub in 2015 after a fire destroyed the previous building, the new premises are warm and inviting with plenty of country pub character both inside and out.
The menu is extensive with a focus on fresh home cooked food, which is locally sourced wherever possible and also features several vegetarian and gluten free options. In addition to the main menu there is the Terrace menu which features light bites and lunches and also a kids menu. There are many other special offers and event nights available throughout the year, such as Wednesday’s all you can eat buffet, daily afternoon teas and the ever-popular Sunday carvery (booking advised).
On arrival we were welcomed and shown to a lovely candlelit table in the main dining area, the interior décor features plenty of rustic stone and wood, open fires and cosy furnishings, giving a real warm and cosy feel to the place.
We ordered some drinks while we perused the menu, I ordered a glass of Shiraz from the ample wine list and my husband Aaron had a soft drink, the extensive bar area is well stocked with a wide selection of traditional cask ales, beers, wines and spirits and even features a rather large and impressive barista style coffee machine.
To start Aaron ordered the Soup of the Day which was leek and potato (£5.95) and I went for the Smoked Haddock Kedgeree (£6.95). Aaron’s starter comprised a bowl of thick and creamy homemade soup, a crunchy side salad and a serving of warm crusty bread and butter, he said it was really hearty and filling, definitely the perfect winter warmer. My kedgeree was packed with flavour, the golden rice was spiced with turmeric and cardamom and had large flakes of tasty smoked fish mixed through it, it was topped with a perfectly cooked poached egg. I really enjoyed this dish, it was vibrant and flavoursome and a nice alternative to more standard starters.
For main course and after much deliberation over the many tempting choices available, I opted for the Braised Lamb Shank (£15.75) and Aaron went for the Honey Mustard Chicken (£12.45). My lamb shank was served on a bed of buttery leek mashed potatoes, roasted root vegetables, with a wine and redcurrant gravy. The lamb was fall off the bone tender, it was braised to perfection. The red wine and redcurrant gravy was rich with a hint of sweetness, which complemented the flavour of the lamb very well. This was a lovely wintery dish, just perfect for the colder wintry weather!
The honey mustard chicken comprised a lightly char grilled chicken breast, smothered in a creamy honey and mustard sauce, it was served with a portion of fresh hand cut chips and also a crisp side salad. Aaron said that the chicken was succulent and the sauce had just the right balance of flavours, with the sweetness of the honey and the warmth of the wholegrain mustard combining well. The chips were lovely and hot, perfectly crisp on the outside with a delicious fluffy centre, I know this because (in the interest of giving a rounded review) I obviously had to try them!
After the rather generous portions provided thus far, we almost contemplated not ordering a dessert, however in the interest of providing a full and in-depth review we decided we really should soldier on and so ordered the warm chocolate chip cookies and ice-cream (£6.95) and requested 2 spoons.
After a short wait, our friendly waitress arrived with a dish arrived piled high with two large warm chocolate chip cookies sandwiching a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream, finished with a decorative sprig of mint. The cookies were absolutely delicious; warm and just the right side of gooey, the ice cream offset the sweetness with just the right balance of creamy coolness, simply a lovely indulgent treat.
After eyeing the impressive looking coffee machine behind the bar earlier we decide to finish our meal with a caffeine kick, I went for the Italian liqueur coffee with amaretto and Aaron went for the cappuccino, both were excellent coffees and the perfect ending to a delicious meal.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our evening out at the Tayleur Arms, the pub offers quality home cooked food, a warm and friendly atmosphere all in a fabulous rural setting, so do give them a call book in and try it out for yourself soon, you wont be disappointed.
Reviewed by Charlie & Aaron Scott