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Located on the ground floor of The Hub, The Littleton is a luxuriously and thoughtfully furnished venue in which to drop in for a lunch or snack, do business over a coffee, enjoy a romantic meal or family celebration, or recharge after a session in the gym.
The Hub, Littleton Street West,
Stylish, informal and exceptional value for money...
A college isn’t somewhere you’d typically think of visiting if you fancied a meal out - or so I thought... But then I visited The Littleton.
The Littleton is a professionally led kitchen boasting two chefs of an AA-rosette background who train level two and three diploma students first hand, helping to give them an insight into a real working environment. The venue combines modern surroundings, friendly service and high-quality British food.
Although part of Walsall College, the restaurant itself is situated in The Hub - a commercial building which is open to external guests all year round.
For £19.95 you can enjoy five, yes five, courses: an amuse bouche, a starter, a main, chef’s pre-dessert and a dessert. Not surprisingly, my partner and I opted to give it a try.
The amuse bouche consisted of mango chutney and sesame houmous, a cheese stick and mixed herb popcorn - a fun and quirky dish which worked well. The houmous was especially tasty and something I hadn’t encountered before.
Next up was the pressed ham hock served with pineapple textures and cheese bon bons, alongside the blackened salmon served with marinated cucumber, roasted peppers and lemon crème fraiche. Both dishes were full of flavour and seasoned perfectly.
For the main course, I opted for the sirloin steak served with balsamic vine cherry tomatoes, a baked field mushroom, triple cooked chips and garlic & thyme butter. The steak was cooked beautifully and to my taste, with the other elements helping to create a very enjoyable dish. I was blown away by the quality of the meat - it certainly didn’t reflect the budget price tag in any way whatsoever.
My partner opted for the seared fillet of stone bass accompanied by a mussel chowder, buttered spinach and fish croquette, which again was a really delicious plate of food. The fish was stunning, with the other ingredients complementing it perfectly. The quality of the ingredients really shone through in the main courses.
The chef’s pre-dessert was a mini sticky toffee pudding, much to my partner’s delight. It was very tasty and of a perfect consistency. It was served with a popcorn foam - a welcomed and inventive addition.
For our main desserts, we opted for the chocolate and pistachio brownie with coconut ice cream and the glazed lemon tart with lavender honeycomb and raspberry textures. They arrived beautifully presented, imitating what you might see in an upmarket restaurant. They tasted wonderful too. The brownie was cooked nicely, hard on the outside yet gooey in the middle, and the flavours in the lemon tart were a spot-on balance of sharp and sweet.
All in all, The Littleton is an ideal restaurant for just about everyone. Due to its exceptional value for money, it’s a perfect place for students and families as well as couples and groups of friends. The price certainly doesn’t reflect the quality of the food, so if you fancy an informal bite to eat experienced in a stylish surrounding, The Littleton is the place for you.