LIVING was invited to sample the modern British cuisine on offer at East Staffordshire country pub – The Red Lion at Newborough
The Red Lion at Newborough is based just on the outskirts of Burton-upon-Trent. On first look this is a charming country pub that has a real sense of spirit about it. You can tell as you drive up that there is a hive of activity happening inside and we were pleased to find a spacious customer car park.
It was acquired by The Webb Group in February last year. Executive Head Chef Adam Bonner has been at the helm in the kitchen since 2014 alongside General Manager Emma Smith front of house.
The bar area was bustling which you would expect for a Saturday night. We were met by a friendly member of staff who showed us to our table in the restaurant – away from all the revellers and much quieter than the bar but still with its own inviting ambience.
The restaurant was filled with couples, families and groups of friends. The decor was contemporary but homely. Metallic light fittings and stone-effect wallpaper give it that modern industrial feel while twinkling fairy lights and checked fabric blinds provides a snug touch.
The seasonal modern British cuisine menu has a good variety of dishes, and there are always weekly specials – it’s traditional pub grub that’s been given a little touch of pizzazz by Bonner.
You’ll find crowd pleasing starters like Salt & Pepper Squid with Sweet Chilli Sauce, Halloumi Fires with Pomegranate, Coriander and Mint Yoghurt and Creamy Garlic Mushrooms on Toast with Crispy Hen’s Egg – all at a moderately priced £6.
The Bacon, Chorizo and Black Pudding Rarebit on Toast with a Fried Duck Egg also caught our attention as did the selection of sharing starter platters, especially the Oven Baked Camembert with Garlic and Rosemary, Crusty Bread and Onion Jam served on a rustic, wooden chopping board.
The Red Lion’s signature dish is the rotisserie chicken that has been marinated for 24 hours in a secret blend of herbs and spices. Coming as either a quarter, half or whole size and priced at £6, £9 or £16 respectively.
It also prides itself on a selection of steaks chargrilled to your liking with a choice of side and sauce, all sourced from local Staffordshire-based butcher Russell’s of Shenstone and priced at a reasonable £19 for an 8oz Rib Eye and £24 for an 8oz Fillet.
Equally the main menu is just as exciting with pub favourites like fish and chips, a selection of burgers and a pie of the day all featuring. But there are also some welcome modern additions like Roast Pork Belly with Mustard Mash, Creamed Savoy Cabbage, Kale, Cider Jus and Crackling, Roast Staffordshire Venison with Fondant Potato, Braised Red Cabbage, Honey Roast Parsnip, Blackberry and Red Wine Jus – both priced at £16 – and the adventurous Curried Hake with Cauliflower Puree, Saffron Potatoes, Buttered Kale and Piccalilli dressing for £14.
You certainly won’t go hungry. We chose a Trio of Sliders with Skinny Fries from the specials board and the Rib Eye Steak with Stilton Sauce. The steak came with hand cut chips, vine roasted cherry tomatoes, a grilled flat mushroom and pickled onion rings! The quality of the meat was particularly impressive.
If you have a sweet tooth, the dessert menu won’t disappoint with a good selection to choose from with home comforts such as sticky toffee pudding, to lighter, more refreshing desserts like the lemon meringue tart.
For delicious British food that is good value for money in a cosy, rural setting, you’ve got it all at The Red Lion at Newborough. Plenty of choice, good presentation, quality ingredients, great prices and quick food service all contributed to a really pleasant night out.
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