5 tasting menus to try in Staffordshire & Shropshire

Ramp up your dining experience with one these deliciously extravagant tasting menu options in Staffordshire and Shropshire

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Tasting menus are back on trend when it comes to a finer dining experience 

If you’ve ever experienced food envy, you’ll know that no matter how long you take to peruse a menu, when those dishes come out to the table it’s guaranteed that the one you really want is plonked down next to you and not in front of you.

So what better way to swerve throwing those mini feelings of resentment across the table than having all the dishes on the menu yourself.

Tasting menus offered at some of the classiest restaurants across the counties give foodies the chance to sample several dishes from a menu served over a number of courses and all for a set price. Result!

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You won’t find a tasting menu anywhere, they are usually reserved for the more fine dining establishment so don’t expect your local pub to be serving them… yet.

But if you love good food, wine and eating out at great restaurants, the tasting menu experience is just right for you. Here’s five we love.

1. The Four Seasons at Swinfell Hall Hotel
Swinfen Hall Hotel, Lichfield, WS14 9RE

Offering five and nine-course tasting menus, as well as a vegetarian option, the Four Seasons at Swinfell Hall is led by Head Chef and local lad, Ryan Shilton and has three rosettes from the AA. Modern British cuisine is served Tuesday to Saturday and diners can expect quality local produce and inventive creations coming out of the kitchen. Tasting menus start from £60 per person with the option add a wine flight from £85 per person. Book online or call 01543 481494.

2. The Moat House Acton Trussell
The Moat House Hotel, Lower Penkridge Road, Acton Trussell, Staffordshire, ST17 0RJ

Under the watchful eye of Group Executive Chef, Matt Davies and boasting four rosettes from the AA, the Moat House at Acton Trussell is one of five establishments owned and managed by the award-winning Lewis Partnership. It offers a seven-course tasting menu (and vegetarian option). The tasting menu is available Monday to Saturday 12.00 to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm and is priced at £65 per person with the option to add a wine flight for £30 per person. Book online or call 01785 712217.

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3. Fishmore Hall 
Fishmore Rd, Ludlow SY8 3DP

Head Chef, Joe Gould leads the kitchen team at Fishmore Hall which offers a nine-course tasting menu in the fine dining restaurant, Forelles. The tasting menu is available from 6.30pm Monday to Saturday and is priced at £75 per person with the option to add a wine flight for £35 per person. Book online or call 01584 875148.

4. Moddershall Oaks
Moddershall, Near Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8TG

Located just outside Stone in Staffordshire, Moddershall Oaks hosts monthly six-course tasting dinner events at its lakeside restaurant. It costs £65 per person which includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and a paired wine with each course. You can find out ore about the next event online or by calling 01782 399000.

5. Renaissance Restaurant
29a Princess Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1LW

Stephen and Julie Lake have run the Renaissance Restaurant in Shrewsbury since 2000 and it has built a quiet reputation for good quality fine dining. They provide a ‘surprise’ six-course tasting menu on a Friday and Saturday evening. The tasting menu costs just £38 per person and there is also a vegetarian option available. You can also bring your own wine for a small £5 corkage fee, but there are also options to buy at the restaurant too. Call 01743 354 289 to book.

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