The Moat House
At this beautiful four-star hotel in rural Staffordshire you’ll find impressive British cooking using local and seasonal ingredients.
The same family has owned the Moat House since 1955 and following a series of upgrades and extensions, it now has 41 rooms. It is also a popular wedding and function venue, as well as home to an award-winning restaurant.
As you arrive at the Moat House you’ll see why it’s chosen by couples looking for a memorable backdrop to their wedding. At its heart is a beautiful 14th century Grade II-listed manor house complete with duck, geese and swan-filled moat.
Diners can choose to eat in the characterful beamed lounge bar or in the Orangery Restaurant in the large, airy conservatory. Outside is a picturesque canal, so you can dine with views of colourful narrowboats gliding by.
The varied bar menu offers the likes of classic burgers, steaks or corned beef brisket pie, crispy duck leg with miso hoi sin or Thai salad. Imaginative dishes on the a la carte might include vichyssoise with crispy hens’ egg and summer truffle, roast pollock with Romesco sauce, orzo risotto and crispy mussels, and quail with chimichurri and toasted corn.
Highly recommended is the seven course tasting menu. Here we especially enjoyed citrus-cured sea trout with cockles, sea herbs and caramelised lemon purée; loin of local lamb with sweetbreads, new potato terrine and salsa verde; and a goats’ cheese custard with local asparagus and girolle mushrooms.
By Lynne Barnsley, Staffordshire editor
Photos: The Moat House