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The Dorrington’s Horseshoes is the hub of this thriving village and offers its customers a splendid, modern village experience. Its beautiful restaurant offers an excellent range of modern dishes and good wines, its bar and conservatory offer convivial spaces to sit and chat with friends over a drink and they’ve retained the old core of the pub so that the locals can enjoy a pint of real ale or a local cider with a game of dominoes or darts.
During the late days of summer its still warm enough to sit out in the garden and enjoy a sandwich with your drink and as the autumn nights draw in, there will be a cosy fire in the hearth. It has five delightful bedrooms named after Shropshire Hills and Woodland Areas of outstanding natural beauty, all tastefully decorated to very high standards with contemporary design and all equally equipped with private en-suite bathroom, Spa toiletries and crisp white linen.
Main Road, Dorrington,
Telephone: 017430 718305
With the site dating back over 300 years, popular Shropshire restaurant Dorrington’s Horseshoes prides itself on serving authentic British dishes using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients.
Having visited a number of times previously, and aware that it was now under new ownership, I was intrigued to see what the venue’s latest incumbent had done with the place.
On arrival, the friendly and welcoming owner, Tanya, introduced herself and gave us a bit of background information about the venue, explaining how long she’d had it for and what she’d changed since taking over. We were certainly off to a good start. It’s personal touches like that which really make for a memorable visit.
To start, I opted for the butcher’s special black pudding, served in bacon with a peppercorn sauce and bread and butter. It was absolutely delicious. The black pudding was warm and melted in the mouth, the sauce was a perfect accompaniment. It was a simple dish, executed perfectly - a theme that continued throughout the evening.
My partner opted for the Russian red caviar ‘Ikra’, served on a bed of smoked salmon, with bread, butter and fresh lemon. Both the caviar and the salmon were of a high quality, and the dish proved to be another tasty plate of food.
For my main course, I chose the slow-roasted Welsh leg of lamb, served with butter mashed potatoes and minted Madeira sauce. It was one of the nicest lamb dishes I’ve ever tasted. The meat was cooked to perfection, providing a gorgeous flavour and texture. There was a lot of it too, which is always a winner in my book! The dish came with a side of seasonal vegetables and boiled potatoes (in addition to the mash) - a really enjoyable main course indeed.
My partner chose the premium fish fillet burger, served with homemade tartar sauce, triple cooked chips and a salad. As with the lamb, the fish was cooked perfectly, the batter crisp to just the right degree. The tartar sauce was delicious, the chips nicely cooked.
Although both suitably full, we had just about enough room to squeeze in dessert. I chose the lemon-and-lime cheesecake served with double cream. My partner opted for the Belgium waffle with toffee sauce and ice cream. They both proved to be as naughty as they sounded, extremely tasty and a great end to the evening.
As well as the restaurant, the Horseshoes features five rooms that can be rented out per night or on a weekly or monthly basis. The restaurant can also be rented out privately and boasts ample space for live music entertainment, making it ideal for parties and drinks receptions alike. In addition, a private dining room can cater for up to 14 guests, for smaller, more intimate events.
Overall, our visit to Dorrington’s Horseshoes was a very enjoyable one. The food was fantastic and the service exemplary. We’ll certainly be returning in the future to sample more of the top-quality dishes on offer.
Reviewed by Lauren Foster