The Gastronome Restaurant Reviews - The Boat Inn, Walsall Road, Lichfield, WS14 0BU

The Boat Inn, Walsall Road, Lichfield, WS14 0BU

Visit: 15 August 2021

Price: *


I have eaten at the Boat Inn, Lichfield, many times, and the food and service are excellent.

The 3-course “choice” menu costs £60 per head.  There is a six-course tasting menu at £85 and a drinks package at £55.  These prices have increased recently, but that is not surprising after the Covid closures over the past year and a half.

Stuart Clarke Restaurant ReviewWe chose the “choice” menu.  The starters included roast quail breast with an excellent crispy breadcrumbed leg on the side.  The quail was perfectly cooked and very tender.  There was also a scallop starter with apple, cucumber, and horseradish cream.  The scallop was cooked perfectly.  However, for me, the horseradish cream was too spicy hot and overwhelmed the scallop.  There was also a starter of goats cheese, served with heritage tomatoes and a tomato gazpacho.

The main courses included a roast halibut fillet with salsify, ravioli caviar and fish sauce.  The halibut was cooked perfectly and the saltiness of the caviar with the fish sauce was particularly good.  There was a Hereford beef fillet that was accompanied by an excellent bone marrow bread and butter pudding and a bordelaise sauce.  This was the standout dish of the evening for me.  Or, you could have chosen a roast lamb rump, served with compressed belly, and a salsa verdi.  All the main courses were excellent.

For dessert there was a custard tart with a white chocolate crumb, a chocolate parfait with peanut brittle and a peanut ice cream, or Lichfield strawberries with dill meringue and shortbread.  There was a selection of three or five cheeses (for a supplement of £11 or £15) with chutney and some sensational cheese crackers. The sweet desserts were very good, but the cheese and crackers were outstanding.

This is still a great restaurant, definitely one of the best in the Lichfield area.  The food is of a very high standard and the service is friendly and attentive.

I highly recommend a visit!

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