Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, family-owned David’s Brasserie is situated three miles south of Stoke city centre and housed in a wooden lodge on the edge of the 725-acre Trentham Estate, with its award-winning gardens.
This friendly restaurant has a bright, modern interior and the owners pride themselves on treating customers like one of the family.
Breakfast choices range from classics like full English with local sausages and eggs Benedict with local ham, to baked fruits on toasted brioche with Staffordshire honey and Greek yogurt.
If you fancy a sandwich, you’ll find some temptingly unusual options: how about ciabatta with truffled sea trout? Or maybe lamb kebab and smoked aubergine purée on sourdough?
The table d’hote menu (two or three courses) is also available at lunch and represents great value at this standard of cooking. In the evening it can be mixed and matched with the Signature menu featuring individually priced dishes.
We particularly enjoyed perfectly cooked Staffordshire lamb loin wrapped in pancetta served with panko-crumbed black pudding, celeriac and vanilla puree and a warmly spicy beetroot, chilli and ginger jam; smoked cod with a memorable rich and creamy crayfish sauce; and a light-as-air roulade with pistachio custard.
You can also choose from a range of tempting light bites at lunch and dinner such as baked baby chorizo, harissa prawns and chicken satay. They make great alternative starters, or you can order several for a tapas-style meal.
It’s easy to see why this restaurant is so popular at all times of day, with well-executed dishes and a friendly, informal atmosphere. There’s often live music on Thursday nights, too.
By Lynne Barnsley, Staffordshire editor
Photos: David’s Brassierie