23 restaurants in Burton-Upon-Trent
Restaurants in Burton-Upon-Trent:
Ashby Road East, Burton-On-Trent, DE15 0PU [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 cured 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
Mercia Park, Wellington Road, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 2DQ [Map]
The Beefeater Grill range of restaurants, owned by the well established firm of Whitbread has transformed over time into what is now predominantly a cooking platform for chargrill. The restaurants are warm, modern and stylish, with low lighting and contemporary artwork. A comfortable, cosy, mainly booth layout offers guests their own space with no feeling of being hurried at any point. Staff are friendly and helpful if need be - what a difference that can make to a good evening out.
Be it the wide open spaces of Argentina, the intimate setting of a French restaurant, or a busy grill in London's West End, there's no denying the popularity of chargrill. As the production of quality beef, chicken, fish and lamb has grown, prices have come down by comparison, and the simple and traditional art of minimally cooking dishes by chargrill, sealing in the flavours and tastes by intense heat has caught the public imagination.
All the steaks at Beefeater Grill are matured for a minimum of 28 days before being seasoned. Whether it be juicy rib eye, the classic sirloin, that emblem of the Sunday lunch, a tender fillet, or a delicious 7oz rump, all grilled to your own specification, you're never far away from perfection. Even beefburgers have shaken off their dubious image and the highly popular Beefeater burgers are made from 100% beef.
The popular sirloin with giant prawns offers a treat to those for whom an alliance between sea and pasture is a natural attraction, whilst a 16oz steak platter links rump, fillet, sirloin and rib eye into one mouth-watering dish served with chips, battered onion rings, grilled tomato, a flat mushroom and peppercorn and brandy sauce.
Many of us love rib meat, and the rack of ribs at a Beefeater Grill has a meaty rack smoky flavour; maple ribs of pork with a choice of three sauces, mojito, smoked caramel and apple glaze, or Bourbon and black BBQ. And if all else fails and you are totally baffled by the wealth of choices, ask to have a word with the Steakmaster who will help find what is right for you, together with the best cooking method. These guys leave nothing to chance.
On a menu that is a delight to read, let alone choose a meal from, expect to find smaller dishes such as traditional prawn cocktail, whitebait, chicken liver pâté and baked Camembert, or juicy lamb koftas served with yoghurt and mint dip. There's something about a good steak meal that always leaves a gap for a little temptation to sweeten up the scene and from amongst twelve options look for Belgian chocolate cheesecake, treacle sponge pudding or a caramel apple crumble pie.
Throughout the day a wide range of more general dishes are yours for the ordering, sandwiches, jackets, classic favourites like fish and chips, pasta, salads, and sharing dishes of nachos, potato shells and a Beefeater Grill combo. Next door to many of the restaurants are Premier Inns, so staying the night whatever the circumstances need not be a problem.
And what about wine? Endorsed by Matthew Jukes, wine writer in the Daily Mail and bon viveur in his own right, a wine list that marches with the menu completes an impressive and compelling invitation to enjoy whatever takes your fancy at the nearest Beefeater Grill.
Click on their Website for menu updates and special offers.
Three Queens Hotel, Burton-upon-Trent, DE14 1SY [Map]
High Street, Tutbury, nr Burton-upon-Trent, DE13 9LS [Map]
In terms of its food, which is well presented and would certainly make me want to eat in the unlikely eventuality that I did not already, the Dog as it is colloquially known, operates at two levels, an elegant brasserie and a hearty carvery. The brasserie is a recent addition and marks a major step forward in their attitude towards food, even if in the past it has invariably been upbeat. The emphasis is on fresh local produce and there is more than a hint of the Mediterranean about some of the dishes. Nor is it only food - the brasserie bar provides a civilised watering hole for those whose tastebuds require a little alcoholic stimulation, let alone a place afterwards to relax over the odd nightcap.
The carvery, as one might expect is less formal and is a meeting place for those with more than average appetites and a rather more louche attitude to eating out, witness the grand piano and the warm glow of candles. The food has a strong traditional leaning, with hefty roasts, fresh seafood and a raft of temptation upon which most leap eagerly aboard, in the form of some dazzling desserts.
Overall there is a good buzz about the place, stemming I suspect from the very top and supported by a realisation that the customer is important, whatever else he or she may also be.
Church Road, Rolleston-On-Dove, Burton-Upon-Trent, DE13 9BE [Map]
Hoar Cross, nr Burton on Trent, DE13 8RB [Map]
An old country inn set in a beautiful rural location to the west of Burton on Trent, you will find here informal pub dining with high standards of food and personal service; it is pubs like these that maintain the best traditions of the British pub, renowned throughout the world for the warmth of their welcome. Only three months after re-opening with a new team, The Deerpark Restaurant was voted Restaurant of the Year 2003 (Taste of Staffordshire), as well as overall 'Judges' Choice'.
This was closely followed by winning 'Pub of the Year' in 2004. After picking up an AA Rosette, they've done it again with 'Pub of the Year 2005', and 3rd place in the small Restaurant of the Year category.
From all of which you will deduce this is not a place to be ignored. From Monday to Saturday the Deerpark Restaurant offers gourmet dinner menus. Around five starters are available including cream cauliflower soup finished with a port infused cream, pan-fried fillet of red mullet served with fennel and orange compote, or homemade Farmhouse terrine with rocket leaf salad and sweet shallot relish.
Mains of Staffordshire beef fillet served with a potato fondant, braised celery and a port and Stilton sauce is a feast fit for a king, though the pan-roasted rack of new season lamb with Dauphinoise potatoes, buttered tiny vegetables and a thyme jus lags not far behind. For our vegetarian friends leek and apple croustades, served with paprika roasted Charlotte potatoes and a cider butter sauce make welcome reading.
Desserts of coffee-scented crème brûlée with a chocolate and hazelnut tuille, or summer berry tart with honey and berry syrup can be ignored occasionally in favour of the excellent cheeseboard, where Stilton, Cornish brie and mature English cheddar are served with homemade chutney and biscuits.
The Meynell Pub provides more informal dining with a full range of quality cuisine available at lunchtime daily and every evening except Sundays. The lunchtime menu takes advantage of the pub's wide range of cuisine and starters feature Thai style fishcakes with sweet chilli dipping sauce, tomato and garlic bruschetta served with olive dressing, or simple mixed olives with Balsamic and French bread.
On the mains we are in to brasserie style comfort food and such dishes as homemade pie with farmhouse potato, which might be regarded as anonymous to the point of suspicion, turn out to be absolutely delicious. Sautéed kidneys are cooked in honey and Tabasco, whilst pea and potato pancakes are filled with goat's cheese and served with a green leaf salad and red wine reduction.
For those of a less hearty disposition there are grilled sardines on toast, homemade meat balls, or roll mop herrings. Puddings follow a traditional pattern with a tart au citron taking pride of place, and a syrup sponge for those with inexhaustible space to top up.
The wine list has the look of the careful connoisseur about it and Tanners would be amongst my chief suspects, always a sign of a List that can be trusted to inspire.
No wonder they keep winning those awards!
Gastropub, International, Modern European
Dovecliff Road, Stretton, Burton-Upon-Trent, DE13 0DJ [Map]
Main Street, Anslow, Burton-upon-Trent, DE13 9QD [Map]
Modern British, Traditional
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