New Christmas Menu at Hatton Arms in Warwick

New Christmas Menu at Hatton Arms in Warwick

‘The most magical Christmas yet’ has been declared at The Hatton Arms in Warwick with the launch of a new seasonal menu that promises to satisfy the huge local appetite for this year’s festivities.

With sweeping views of the idyllic Hatton Locks, the award-winning country pub has established a reputation among locals for authentic dining and classic British cuisine made with the finest ingredients, often sourced direct from the privately-owned Hatton Estate.

The Hatton Arms, Christmas Menu, Warwick

Following a refurbishment last year, the gastro pub has adopted a fresh modern look inside and out including a new lighter and brighter and contemporary interior to greet visitors, while still staying true to the traditional pub vibe the locals have come to love.

The Hatton Arms’ festive menu, available Monday to Saturday, will also reflect the pub’s provenance with an emphasis on locally sourced fresh seasonal ingredients – among them meat from Rowleys Butchers in Leamington and Warwick; poultry from Adlingtons near Coventry; beef from Oxfordshire; vegetables from Alcester; eggs from Chadwick End and bread from Henley.

The Hatton Arms, Christmas Menu, Warwick
Spiced Carrot & Coriander Soup. Photos by David Fawbert Photography.

Carefully crafted Starters ranging from Smoked Salmon & Dill Pate and Mini Melting Camembert to Pheasant & Chestnut Terrine are set to become seasonal favourites, while delicious Mains include Breaded Turkey Escalope, Apricot-Stuffed Roast Pork Loin, Salmon Supreme with Roasted Root Vegetables and Chestnut, Parsnip & Cranberry Loaf. Vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diners are also catered for.

Be sure to leave room for a choice from the tempting line-up of seasonal desserts, including traditional Christmas Pudding, Mulled Wine Winter Berries Pavlova and Chocolate Brownie.

It’s all painstakingly prepared under the expert eye of head chef Jakub Fijak, whose food has been enjoyed at the Hatton Arms for more than five years.

Jakub, from Poland, has 27 years’ experience in professional kitchens and now heads up a team of six at Hatton.

He said: “This is classic British cuisine with a bit of a modern twist, cooked with fresh seasonal ingredients to order. No nonsense, just great food.

“We’re not moving away from traditional Christmas dinner. We’re still serving turkey but with a slightly different take. The menu is packed with warming and comforting food but with the usual A La Carte Menu still running alongside it, so if there are any courses people would like to swap, they can do that as well.”

The pub also stocks a variety of local ales, draught beers and organic ciders alongside a wide selection of wines, spirits plus mulled wine and festive cocktails.

Manager Steph Ward said: “Here at The Hatton Arms we are more determined than ever to make this the most magical Christmas yet. A lot of meticulous planning has gone in to this delicious new menu which, we’re confident will go down well with diners. We know how much people missed out on the joy of socialising with family and friends last year – so we are determined to help them kick off this year’s festivities in style with fabulous food and festive and friendly atmosphere!”

The Hatton Arms is open 12pm-11pm Monday-Saturday and 12pm-10.30pm Sundays. Visit: www.hattonarms.com

Hatton Arms, Warwick, Christmas Menu

‘A jewel in the crown of family entertainment’ (review)

‘A jewel in the crown of family entertainment’ (review)

 

Hatton Adventure World, Warwick

Hatton Adventure World

WITH the school holidays now in full swing finding the perfect day out for the whole family can be a tricky business.

It’s a problem many parents know only too well, particularly if, like me, you have two daughters with an age gap – and differing opinions on how they want to spend their time!

Step forward Hatton Adventure World, a jewel in the crown of family entertainment, which has once again come up trumps with an impressive programme of summer fun guaranteed to keep children of all ages occupied for hours.

Located in the countryside just outside the stunning town of Warwick, which incidentally is worth a visit in its own right if you’re passing through, Hatton Adventure World offers a warm welcome right from the start.

There’s plenty of parking, much of it on level hard-standing, making it a breeze if you’re navigating the park with a pushchair or wheelchair.

After a short walk through the very pretty shopping area – more of which later – you’re through to the admissions area and into the main park.

Family fun really doesn’t get much better particularly in these Covid times. Aavailable to enjoy in the fresh air are rides, games, a playground, obstacle course, tractor safari, pony rides, sheep racing, sandpits, JCB track, Goldrush panning, falconry centre and farmyard where you can get up close to all sorts of animals, including goats and sheep, pigs – and even reptiles and all manner of exotic creatures in the Scales and Tails exhibit.

While there’s a glorious sense of nostalgia about it all, bringing back memories of summers past, Hatton Adventure World has also invested heavily in more modern-day pursuits, with a four-acre Laser Combat Field being just one of the attractions that older visitors can enjoy. (A free game of Laser Combat is included in the admission price for all children aged 8-14 throughout the school holidays.)

By far one of the biggest highlights of our visit was the brand new ‘roarsome’ Dinosaurs Alive! attraction, which runs at the park throughout the school holidays, until September 5th. My daughters loved the live show which saw performers introduce a number of amazing dinosaurs to the crowd. Educational and fun at the same time!

There were also plenty of giggles to be had courtesy of ventriloquist Shane West (alias Zooby!) who performed in the Family Theatre tent. My youngest absolutely loved the show and was keen to get involved at every opportunity. I’m pretty sure she would have joined him on stage had she been given the chance! There is an ever-changing programme of shows on in the tent throughout the holidays.

Hatton Adventure Park, Warwick

Hatton Adventure World offers plenty of space for a picnic, but if you’re in the mood for a tasty treat the park’s restaurant is one of three indoor dining options. There’s plenty of choice and the main restaurant is light and airy with lots of space between tables. What’s more, if your little ones have spare energy to burn after lunch then there’s also a well-equipped soft play centre just next door in the form of Snorty’s Superslide Mania. This is also a handy retreat should the weather turn inclement. (Booking required)

Before you go, a visit to the neighbouring Hatton Shopping Village is an absolute must. You’ll find everything from jewellery to fashion, antiques and a quaint little sweet shop, all tucked away in a pretty courtyard. And yes, you did spot a gin distillery. You can even book in to make your own gin here at one of their workshops!

Hatton Adventure World, Warwick

With restrictions now lifted, here has never been a better time to rediscover Hatton Adventure World and all it has to offer, including camping and even events such as outdoor movie nights and extra seasonal offerings. (Look out for the Pick Your Own Potatoes and Sweetcorn next month and Pick Your Own Pumpkins in October!)

And for those seeking adventure of a different kind, did you know there’s even some Escape Rooms? Check out earlier reviews of these here: The Outfitters and Mutiny

For more information, or to book tickets, click here

By Clare Brennan

Hatton Adventure Wold
There’s no shortage of outlets to pick up a refreshment – and memento of your day!
London Burger Kitchen: A feast for the senses (review)

London Burger Kitchen: A feast for the senses (review)

LBK, Warwick, burgers, review

LBK, Warwick, burgers, review

Warwick is a town geared up for foodies.

Whatever your culinary preference, it’s accepted that there is the widest possible choice of quality eateries on hand.

Or so I thought. Because it wasn’t until I experienced the new LBK (London Burger Kitchen) in High Street that I realised what the town had actually been missing all along.

In an already overcrowded marketplace, there was still an ‘appetite’ for a quality burger restaurant, so I’m sure this will be a good fit.

First impressions were good – an exciting vibe and bustling atmosphere greeted us. If early signs of popularity were anything to go by, this place would flourish.

Bright and breezy London underground-themed décor added a fun element to the experience – and room has even been made for a pool table at the rear of the former cavernous Ask Italian unit.

LBK, Warwick, burgers, review

But what of the menu? First of all, it’s important to remember that this place does what it says on the tin. It’s a burger restaurant, so if this isn’t your thing – or you’re counting the calories – it’s not the best choice.

But there’s no need for vegetarians in your group to feel left out, with a couple of options available.

If you are a burger – or hot dog – lover, you’re in for a treat with their range of handmade fresh burgers using locally sourced beef. For the traditionalist, the classic Double Cheese, Bacon Double Cheese and Chicken Burgers of course feature. Or there’s the more unconventional Lamb and Mint and Pork and Mac & Cheese Burgers.

I took the opportunity to try something new by ordering the delicious-sounding Pork and Apple Burger, pictured below, which was extremely tasty.

My guests’ Bacon Double Cheese Burgers were polished off with equal gusto.

LBK, Warwick, burgers, review

Our burgers were complemented by our choices of free fries – Cajun Fries, 3 Cheese Fries and Hunters Chicken Fries. There are numerous sauces and other sides to choose from as well. (The gravy alone was enough to get me back!)

Fans of a good milkshake will want to give this place a try too. With nine flavours to choose from (including Nutella, Oreo and Reese Peanut Butter Cup), these are not to be missed.

Talking of not to be missed, you may want to give the Chocolate Lovin’ Spoon Cake (pictured below) a taste test when you’re next passing. One of five desserts on the menu, it came recommended by the manager – and we could see why!

LBK, Warwick, burgers, review

I am confident LBK will quickly become a popular destination for family and friends looking for a great meal out that won’t break the bank.

And, with current special offers on their separate breakfast menu, (currently buy one, get one free) there’s never been a better time to check it out.

Visit: Home – LBK (londonburgerkitchenltd.co.uk), call 01926 770614 or email: warwick@londonburgerkitchenltd.co.uk

LBK, Warwick, burgers, review

About LBK

Joe and Natalie have been in the food and drink sector for over 30 years, as their mother and father on both sides of the family were. Joe and his family started out doing frontal catering to the general public, backstage and VIP catering alike to all major events, such as Glastonbury, Pheonix Reading, V Fest, and T in the park, Silverstone Grand Prix, Donnington Superbikes, the Chelsea Flower Show and many more, building up the company into the largest outdoor catering company in the UK.

He then ventured into the restaurant trade, training at the London Chef Academy and opening various sites in the Midlands. He then met Natalie who had her own catering company specialising in football stadiums, so they combined both companies and decided to sell up before relocating to Dubai and working in part-time consultancy roles for various catering companies.

Joe being the creative brain behind LBK, had spent part of his childhood in the USA working with his father. He always wanted to develop an American dirty burger concept so LBK began its life.

LBK is opening stores in all major cities around the UK, including Coventry in the autumn.

  • I was gifted this experience but all views are honestly held and my own.
Popular town centre pub announces reopening

Popular town centre pub announces reopening

The Rose & Crown in Warwick is among those pubs ready and waiting to open its doors again on Monday (12th April), to welcome guests back to its lovely outside space and ensure they have a fantastic time.

The popular town centre pub will be back with a delicious new menu for spring, with an exciting choice of seasonal dishes for lunch and dinner and everything in between.  There will also be new arrivals on the drinks list including cocktails, gins and soft drinks, with plenty of options also returning.

The Rose and CrownThe entire team at The Rose & Crown has thrown themselves into getting the pub ship-shape for opening after the long months of lockdown and is looking forward to having groups of up to six people from any number of households, or groups of two households, in its outdoor space.

So that the celebrations can continue in style, the pub has extended its outside area by taking over the four car parking spaces at the front and giving them a colourful al fresco eating and drinking look.

Smart wooden tables and bright red chairs have been set up with big umbrellas decorated with pretty fairy lights and plenty of candles.  The entire space is heated and there are fleecy blankets to snuggle under and piles of cushions to sink into.  The really good news is that these spots get the benefit of eight full hours of sunshine a day, whenever the sun is out!

Meanwhile, right in front of the pub there are more spots to sit and nurse a pint of real ale or sip on a glass of something chilled, again with parasols and heating.  In the evening, you can see and be seen in the down-lights illuminating the pub as you watch the world go by.

Fresh from the kitchen will be some mouth-watering new dishes. Enjoy mains of miso-glazed cod with black rice, choy sum, lime, chilli and coriander or a Merrifield duck breast with braised chicory and Delmonico potatoes, orange and green peppercorn jus. Meat-free options include Dirty Vegan burger with Marmite onions, smoked cheese, tomato relish and fries. The pub does a great breakfast too, with everything from a classic full English to piles of fluffy American pancakes, so why not pop in for morning coffee and a midweek treat to start your day?

For sharing over a drink, The Rose & Crown does a fabulous selection of deli plates, with great British charcuterie from Dorset.  All the pub’s cheeses are British, from Somerset Camembert to Rutland Red, and there’s British beef, vegetables and fruit, and free-range pork and chicken on the menu too.

As well as being able to order food and drink from one of the team, you can also get your glass topped up and have something tasty to eat by ordering on your mobile. Look out for the cards in the pub which explain it all.  And if you want it to go, the pub can rustle up takeaway breakfast, coffee, sandwiches, Sunday roasts and more.  Simply go to the website to place your order.

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, Peach PubsRose & Crown General Manager Tash Beard and her team will be on hand to welcome guests back to the pub and ensure everyone is safe when they visit.  She says: “We have been working really hard to be ready for the big day when we can finally open our doors again and we literally can’t wait! We’ve all missed being able to do what we love the most – looking after our guests and serving them plenty of the good stuff.

“The changes we have made at the pub mean we’ll be able to do just that and do it really well.  We’ve created the ideal setting for people to celebrate getting back together again.  Our extended outside area is bright and welcoming and perfect for meeting friends for a drink, having coffee or cocktails, or a cracking Sunday lunch that you haven’t had to cook yourself.  And there’s no need to chase the sun, so fingers crossed we see plenty of it!  We’re counting the days until we can welcome guests back to the pub and hear the sound of them chatting, laughing and clinking glasses across Market Place!” she says.

The Rose & Crown is now taking bookings outdoors from Monday 12th April, for groups of up to six, or up to two households. Visit: http://www.roseandcrownwarwick.co.uk/ to book.

The pub will be open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 11pm and on Sunday from 9am to 10pm. Food is served from 9am to 9pm on Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 8pm on Sunday.

If you can’t wait until April 12th, you can still enjoy some of your favourite Rose & Crown dishes by treating yourself to a Peach at Home box, now available nationwide.  Starters, mains, sides and puds are all masterfully prepared and ready for you to finish in your own kitchen. Just the ticket if you’re celebrating, in need of a break from cooking, looking for a gift or simply want to have our great food at home. https://www.makinglifepeachy.com/peach-at-home/

The Rose & Crown is at 30 Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SH.  www.roseandcrownwarwick.co.uk

Full details of the steps taken to keep the pub safe for guests and the team can be viewed here

http://www.roseandcrownwarwick.co.uk/your-visit/

Bringing the best tastes of autumn to our plates

Bringing the best tastes of autumn to our plates

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, autumn menu

AUTUMN is my favourite time of the year.

It’s also Harvest Festival time – which brings a bounty of flavour and fresh ingredients to our dinner plates.

And the chefs at The Rose and Crown in Warwick are heralding the season in style with their new menu of comforting and satisfying seasonal fare. From new deli plates and mains to puddings and cheese, hunkering down for those winter months in a year quite like no other, is somehow less daunting.

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, autumn menu

A Warwick resident for more than 20 years, The Rose and Crown is not an unfamiliar haunt and I was delighted to be invited back to be among the first to sample the new menu, which again, did not disappoint.

From a choice of eight starters, (ranging in price between £6 and £9.50), I opted for the Baked Somerset Camembert, Truffle Honey, Walnut Crust & Toasted Sourdough (£8) – a tasty opener to proceedings.

The Rose and Crown is not afraid to be bold in its flavour and texture combinations but, while I still devoured it, on this particular occasion, I wasn’t as convinced by the addition of the walnuts to this dish if I’m honest.

My husband had no such qualms with his selection from the Specials Menu however and offered high praise for the Moules Mariniere, Aoli and Sourdough Baguette (£7.50).

He stayed with the specials Menu for his main course and what was a new culinary first for him, Whole Roast Partridge, Bacon, Bread Sauce, Red Cabbage, Game Chips and Juniper Jus (£18). His verdict? Delicious and something he’d definitely return to again.

For someone who appreciates a fine cut of meat, my 8oz Rump Cap Steak (£19.75). sourced from local butchers Aubrey Allen, was mouthwatering and lived up to expectations. A 10oz Rib Eye cut (£27.50) and Steak Diane Fillet Steak Medallions, with Creamy Mushroom and Shallot Sauce, is also available for £25.

The tempting line up of main courses has satisfying British cuisine at its heart, but with some international notes, including Sri Lankan Spinach, Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry, Cashews, Coconut Sambal, Basmati Rice & Chapati (£14.75); Honey-glazed Merryfield Duck Breast, Savoy Cabbage, Smoked Bacon, Puried Celeriac, Green Peppercorn Jus (£22.50) and 14-Hour Braised Beef & Ale Pie, Buttered Mash, Greens and Gravy. (£15)

Or, interesting new options from the specials include Whole Roast Grouse and Roast Trout.

Do pay close attention to the description of the dishes though as you may wish to order a side of vegetables to accompany some of them. Options include Braised Red Cabbage, Seasonal Green Vegetables and a variety of chips and potato dishes.

For those who want a lighter snack, the deli plates offer a great alternative. Choices include olives, devilled whitebate, hummus and flatbread and beetroot falafel.

The colder weather also gives us a great excuse to indulge in some of our favourite puddings – well, it would be rude not to!

For those still able to make room, highlights include Banoffee Cheesecake, Rum-Soaked Raisins, Bananas & Pecans (£7.50); Lemon and Pistachio Polenta Cake with Black Cherries (£6.75) and Warm Chocolate Fondant and Honeycomb Ice Cream (£8).

There’s also the option of a Mini Pud and Tea or Coffee (£5.95) or a very good cheese board selection to finish in style. (1-5 cheeses from £3.75-£12)

But it was a return to the Specials Menu for me with an irresistible Brioche French Toast, Caramelised Apples and Rum and Raisin Ice Cream (£6.50) that did not disappoint.

Meanwhile hubby’s Crème Brulee and Shortbread (£6) was tasty and plentiful – and a great way to round off this delightful Rose and Crown autumn experience.

For those of us who still want to enjoy the fruits and flavours of autumn, check out The Rose and Crown’s new Dinner and Sunday menus.

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, autumn menu

It’s easy to see why this restaurant, part of the Peach Pubs franchise, is a favourite with the locals. It has a cosy, comfortable and friendly vibe and boasts a clutch of awards to its name. It also feels safe in the current environment without being intrusive on your visit. The art of hospitality and conviviality has certainly not been lost against the backdrop of this horrific virus.

It truly is a jewel in the crown of a town blessed with a not insignificant number of fine eateries – and one we must continue to do our best to support.

Visit it and pre-book at: www.roseandcrownwarwick.co.uk