Published on March 3rd, 2019 | by staff-admin0
The Moat House, Acton Trussell
Set in the picturesque village of Acton Trussell, The Moat House is a family owned grade 2 listed manor house dating back to the 14th century.
After making a reservation a few weeks ago, my partner and I were more than looking forward to dining at the award winning Orangery Restaurant at The Moat House in Acton Trussell.
Upon our arrival, we both now understood why our friends and family were recommending The Moat House to us. The hotel and restaurant is a beautiful establishment running alongside the canal, and overlooking the lake with lots of wildlife in and around.
As we entered the bar area we were welcomed by Steven, the Restaurant Manager who showed us to our table in the Orangery Restaurant.
The décor inside the restaurant was as beautiful as the outside, with stunning chandeliers, oak flooring, also very spacious and elegant, everything you would expect from a fine dining restaurant!
Once seated we were given the menu and the extensive wine list to peruse. Steven explained that there were two menu’s for us to choose from, one being the a la carte and the other was the lunch and dinner set menu (available 12:00 – 14:00 Monday to Saturday, 2 courses for £18.95 and 3 courses for £22.95, also available 18:30 – 21:30 Monday to Friday, 2 courses £22.95 and 3 courses for £27.95). On Saturday evenings the Gourment Menu is served-5 sumptuous courses for £39.95.
After ordering a bottle of sauvignon blanc to share, we were ready to browse through all of the wonderful dishes available to us.
After much deliberation, I decided on the three courses from the set menu and my partner choosing from the a la carte.
For our starters I chose the Severn and Wye smoked haddock, leek and potato cake, black bomber cheese rarebit, poached legbar hens yolk and for my partner the beetroot panna cotta, hazelnut, goats cheese, pickled pear, burnt orange, fennel pollen.
For our main courses I opted for the corn fed chicken, mushroom and chicken leg presse, smoked potato, kale, chanterelle mushrooms, onion puree, red wine tarragon sauce and for my partner the pork fillet, cauliflower cheese puree, confit potato, compressed apple, pork shoulder scrumpet, savoy cabbage and bacon.
And last but not least, my favourite part of the meal, desserts! I wanted to try them all but went with the apple, spiced walnut and oat crumble, blackberry sorbet, bay leaf custard and my partner choosing the chocolate sphere, roasted cocoa ganache, candied pear, smoked sea salt caramel, tonka bean ice cream, roasted hazelnuts.
Once our order was taken, our friendly and attentive waiter Will offered us freshly made sour dough bread and topped up our glasses. We were then presented with an Amuse Bouche, which was very pleasing to our palettes and left us excited for what was to come.
Shortly after, our starters were served and both were delicious with great flavours, which left us eagerly anticipating our main courses.
Our main dishes did not disappoint, both the chicken and the pork were phenomenally tasty and cooked to perfection.
When our desserts arrived, we both said how beautifully and skilfully presented all of the dishes had been this evening and again the flavours were outstanding!
We finished our evening with filtered coffee and said it was quite possibly one of the best meals we have had, and we have eaten well, many times all over the world!
The Moat House is part of the Lewis Partnership who also have other establishments in the Staffordshire area, these being, The Dog and Doublet in Sandon, The Bank House in Hixon and The Red Lion in Bradley.