12 restaurants in Oswestry
Restaurants in Oswestry:
Rods Meadow, Maes-Y-Clawdd, Maesbury Road Industrial Estate, nr Oswestry, SY10 8NN [Map]
Part of the Whitbread family, Table Table restaurants aim to bring great value tasty pub food to an ever increasing eating-out public who like well prepared and genuine food served by friendly staff in relaxing surroundings. If that sounds too much like a dream come true be assured that at Table Table they also walk the talk, and are pleased to have the chance to prove it.
Their well located restaurants are spread across a wide range of decors and styles, and all of them share a determination to provide comfort, warmth and relaxation. Their buffet menus for special occasions are remarkable value.
In keeping with modern trends they provide dishes to nibble or share as guests consider the spread of options on a menu that could be described as British with welcome incursions. So as you share long Italian flatbread, and dough balls and dips, or a sharing platter with an imaginative range of finger food starting with garlic and breaded mushrooms, it's time to think about the relative merits of aromatic duck parcels, a prawn cocktail, breaded Camembert or sticky chicken goujons to name but a few.
Many an innocent dish from the past has been hi-jacked in the best possible sense into becoming what is now called a 'pub classic'. Wiltshire cure ham with eggs is served with chunky chips and beef, mushroom and ale pie, or chicken and chips are all familiar with British tables, be they in the dining room or the kitchen. Now they have been added to by chicken fajitas, a sweet red pepper, crème fraiche and fennel tart, a leg of duck slowly cooked and served with a Bramley apple and cider sauce, or chilli con carne with basmati rice, sour cream and guacamole and nachos. So is the humble burger with six enticing toppings.
The point is they, and others, are all here at Table Table, well prepared with quality ingredients, and presented in a way that makes you hungry even if you thought you weren't.
Getting down to the more serious side of the table keep an eye open for the seafood pie, a delightful assembly of things fishy including crayfish, red snapper, prawns and clams. Many of their steaks are 28 days matured, including a 7oz fillet. All steaks are served with watercress, roasted cherry tomatoes, a flat mushroom and chunky chips. A choice from 4 sauces adds the final touch of enjoyment.
Pastas and salads embrace some well known and loved names, but for sheer enjoyment the hot smoked salmon salad takes some beating - flakes of hot smoked salmon mixed with a house salad and soy and ginger sauce. A real winner.
Snacks aplenty cover hot baguettes with the like of grilled pork loin and Bramley apple sauce, sandwiches filled with Cheddar cheese, or prawns and Marie Rose sauce, and jacket potatoes with such temptations as chilli con carne. Add a bowl of chips for only a little extra.
A well travelled wine list offers helpful advice for the uninitiated and there's an impressive choice of draught and bottled beers and lagers. All in all it would appear that Table Table are more than achieving their aims, providing the opportunity for people to eat out enjoyably, with excellent value for money. Long may they continue to do so.
For completely up to date information on menu changes and special offers do make a regular check on their lively Website.
Family, Pub, Traditional
30 Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SP [Map]
Prezzo has been delighting diners for over eight years, and this Italian restaurant chain has since been able to expand throughout large parts of England and Scotland with some 141 outlets.
Interestingly, the company seeks to restore either impressive buildings or ones of local interest. The conversion of the Newbury library and other listed buildings, such as those in Salisbury, Romsey and Mayfair, are all welcome examples of 'new use'. Their trendy and sophisticated décor usually consists of tiled or wooden floors with delicate lights and colourful paintings, along with wooden furniture and sparkling cutlery, creating a setting that is suitable for a relaxed lunch, a family meal or an evening out with friends.
The restaurants are of particular appeal to those who like genuine Italian cuisine, and they use only the best seasonal products, many of which are imported directly from Italy. The menu includes pizza, pasta, risotto, grilled meats, fresh salads and frequently changing specials.
The freshly baked breads, like the garlic bread with mozzarella cheese, are perfect for sharing and give you adequate breathing space to order starters to follow. Crab cakes served with garlic mayonnaise or grilled goat's cheese with plum tomatoes and caramelised onions on foccacia bread with a balsamic glaze set the tone for a hearty meal. Best fun is to order an antipasto platter to share made up from seven well loved Italian nibbles.
Find pastas such as the unusual penne con salmone, with oak-roasted salmon, broccoli and fresh chillies in a red pesto and cream sauce, or firm favourites like spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti Bolognese, and fusilli al pesto, asparagus spears with field mushrooms and roasted peppers in a basil pesto sauce.
Amongst the special pastas, the pollo mariano, seasoned chicken, pepperoni sausage, roasted peppers and fusilli in tomato sauce, is interesting and different. Italian menus would be incomplete without risotto, like tiger prawns with petits pois in a creamy saffron sauce.
Classic pizzas embrace, among a wide selection, the popular napoletana, topped with yellowfin tuna, tomato, white anchovies, capers, red onion, mozzarella and marinated olives, and the much loved quattro stagioni - pepperoni sausage, prosciutto ham, artichoke, field mushrooms, capers, marinated olives, mozzarella and tomato.
Specials could include the pollo Siciliana, char-grilled chicken breast, prosciutto ham and plum tomato slices, baked with their blend of cheese, only one example from the many tempting offerings that come out from the Prezzo kitchens.
You can accompany the food with a variety of tipples, though for many, Italian food requires Italian wines to be enjoyed to the full, ranging from house wine through Morellino di Scansano and Prosecco to liqueurs and beer, and there is espresso or fresh ground coffee to wind up an enjoyable meal, in company with a glass of grappa or sambuca.
This is Italian food at its attractive best, convincing and bringing together the traditional with the modern twist or two against a background of excellent value.
Prezzo is a lively group and opportunities to improve and update are never left on the table for long. Keep up to date with a quick click on their Website.
45 Willow Street, Oswestry, SY11 1AQ [Map]
Sebastians is the name of a warm and welcoming 16th century hotel and two AA rosette restaurant in the Shropshire town of Oswestry. The surroundings are intimate and comfortable, and Chef and owner Mark Sebastian Fisher and his wife Michelle ensure your needs are taken care of extremely well.
Six bedrooms are all ensuite, equipped with modern facilities, and each is individually furnished but mostly with exposed beams and brass four poster beds. The oak panelled dining room is cosy and relaxing without being twee. Dishes are created and presented with loving care, succeeding in achieving a genuine French feel, and the service is caring but not overwhelming.
Highlights could include pan-fried scallops with roast beetroot, crispy Parma ham and a beetroot emulsion; loin of rabbit stuffed with a chicken and carrot mousse and served with an orange and chicory salad, and mains of fillet of beef with a parsnip fondant, Madeira sauce and parsnip crisps.
After a meal you could visit the lounge and sit by the log fire or in the summer, head to the terrace and soak up the sun.
53, Willow Street, Shropshire, Oswestry, SY11 1AQ [Map]
1 Salop Road, Oswestry, SY11 2NR [Map]
For a relaxing and luxurious retreat in Oswestry town, The Smithfield Hotel is the most obvious choice, with its twelve fully furnished bedrooms and contemporary décor. The Georgian facade of the building infuses it with character and the quaint period features add an element of charm, while the modern restaurant brings culinary comforts. Wind down your evening in the bar lounge and conclude it in the restaurant for a delightful dining experience.
The à la carte features fresh and seasonal dishes that bear the locally sourced label with ease, demonstrated ably by starters of crisp duck leg on a bed of braised leeks and hoi sin sauce. Further down, the main course could bring a baked salmon fillet, drizzled with citrus hollandaise and fresh asparagus spears. Wrap up the meal with a raspberry syllabub, served in a tuile basket with berries and choose the right drinking option from choices that include cask ales, draught lagers, ciders and an extensive wine list.
Porth-y-Waen, Oswestry, SY10 8LX [Map]
The Lime Kiln is a re-invention of the very successful French restaurant formerly run by Ian and Jane Whyte in Brighton; it was taken over by John and Chris Hanby in 2004.
The lines have been loosened and the Gallic format which prevailed is now relaxed and easy-going, more suited perhaps to the clientele, though boules in the beer garden feature strongly and children are positively welcomed.
Generous bowls of moules marinieres and poached smoked haddock vie with a warm salad of pigeon breast with black pudding and chorizo. Game in season is one of the pub's worst kept secrets and the apple and cinnamon crumble is renowned.
Welsh Walls, Oswestry, SY11 1AW [Map]
In 1841 Thomas Penson built Walls as a school for the young of Oswestry. Following a brilliant conversion in 1993 his work lives on, now offering entertainment and good food for, shall we say, people of all ages. There is a country house feel around, assisted by the elegant grand piano that comes into its own at Sunday lunchtimes in particular.
As befits a former seat of learning starters are referred to as the Foundation course and may include pan-fried peppered fillet of salmon served on a horseradish potato cake accompanied by soft, garden-herb crème fraiche finished with a red pepper and chilli oil, or a delicious home-smoked chicken terrine wrapped in ham that has been air-dried and accompanied by a marinated apricot and kumquat chutney with lemon and basil oil and toasted walnut bread.
For the Main Event perhaps the braised half shoulder of lamb, Welsh of course, with honey roasted root vegetables and potatoes in a red wine, redcurrant and mint sauce or the seared calves liver on a black pudding and spring onion mash with a sherry and roast shallot sauce, finished with roasted parsnips. You may have difficulty ignoring the baked dark chocolate and orange pudding, served with a generous helping of clotted cream, in which case consider the caramelized mango and passion fruit tartlet topped with a lime sorbet.
Service is friendly and the range of wines extends round the world. House wines kick off at £10 a bottle, or £2.75 a glass. Sunday lunches are a real speciality with three decent courses for £13.95 and a wonderful atmosphere - people travel for miles.
Rhydycroesau, Oswestry, SY10 7JD [Map]
Built of local stone and set high in the Shropshire Hills, just outside Oswestry, The Pen-y-Dyffryn Hotel is the perfect rural retreat to head to when you wish to get away from the pressures of city living. The alluring hotel that was built as a rectory in 1845 still offers roaring log fires, cosy bedrooms that promise uninterrupted sleep, glorious views of rolling countryside, and of course, great food in the two AA rosette restaurant.
Head Chef David Morris makes use of local Shropshire produce, organic wherever possible, to create a wonderful range of dishes that change every single day of the year. You could find creations such as pan-fried king scallops with saffron risotto and a lobster sauce; rack of Welsh salt-marsh lamb wrapped in filo pastry with a chicken mousse and served with a thyme butter sauce, and a seriously tempting dark chocolate terrine with cointreau sauce.
The wine list offers an extensive choice of organic and New World wines.
Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry, SY11 2SZ [Map]
A former coaching inn, renovated to high standards of comfort with a period decorated Georgian restaurant at its heart, the Wynnstay is also distinguished for its magnificent bowling green. An eclectic mix of dishes is offered which, though British based have more than a hint of Mediterranean or modern Italian about them. The wine list also has a strong Italian leaning, though others are catered for within the choice of over 60 wines.
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