The Lyttelton Arms in Hagley - A stylish Premium Country Pub & Restaurant
Gastropub in Stourbridge
An invite to indulge in a three-course meal with no limit to how many cocktails I can consume at the newly refurbished The Lyttleton Arms in Stourbridge was an offer I was not going to refuse. Having been to a few Premium Country Pubs in the West Midlands before, I knew my guests and I were in for a treat.
I’ve been to The Crown Wergs in Wolverhampton and The Bulls Head in Meridan with my sister and our partners before, so it was lovely to be able to bring my Nan and Mom along to the press night so that they could experience Premium Country Pubs for the first time, and the stylish Gastropub in the Midlands certainly didn’t disappoint.
The swanky interior
The new refurbishment is gorgeous, top marks to whoever designed it because we just loved the marble table-tops, botanical wallpaper, eye-catching neon artwork, statement lighting and plush velvet seating. Don’t even get me started with the Instagram worthy toilets with amazing selfie lighting.
The elegant dark features, cosy seats with scatter cushions and the mix match of prints, textures and reflective surfaces really did ooze sophistication and elegance. The semi-open plan restaurant and bar area make it feel welcoming yet private too with plenty of lounging and dining spaces suitable for date night, family meals or a glamorous evening with the girls.
For a lot more photos of the food, drinks and interiors check out my Facebook album . There are also photos of my family posing against a floral backdrop that was installed for the re-opening as well as more photos of the outside terrace.
Upon entering, what caught our eye first was the glowing bar area that comes with a gin station packed with help yourself berries, passion fruit, mint leaves, cucumber, citrus slices and an array of flavours to mix into that essential gin to wind down the evening. While my Nan, Mom and Sister made a beeline to the gin station to top up their Chase Rhubarb & Bramley Apple and Tarquin’s Rhubarb & Raspberry G&G. I went for the Blood Orange & Passionfruit Collins (£8.50) made with Seville orange gin, blood orange syrup and sweet passion fruit, shaken with lime and topped with soda.
During the evening we then moved on to an Aperol Spritz and a few more cocktails with my Nan being influenced for our amusement to have her first ever Pornstar Martini, which made a fun alternative to her usual glass of vino! She really enjoyed it too.
I’m new to Bao Buns I was introduced to them at another event a few months ago and have been eager to dip them into a yummy sauce ever since. So, without any hesitation for starters, I ordered the Miso Aubergine Bao Buns (£6.95) with sesame, mango & spring onion salsa (ve). I just loved the soft spongey bun packed with flavour and dipping it into the sweet mango sauce, they were certainly worth getting in a sticky mess for.
My sister opted for the Freshly Stonebaked Pizzettes (£5.95) with Garlic, Mozzarella and Rocket (v). She enjoyed the thin crisp base, but said it needed more garlic (although I must say, my sister uses a tremendous amount of garlic in her own cooking so maybe she’s immune to the normal amount – ssshh I’ll lose my personal chef if she finds out I’m mocking her cooking that I endure because I’m too lazy to cook a proper dinner for myself!)
While my sister was craving something ‘garlicky’ Mom and Nan indulged in something cheesy with a Baked Camembert (£12.50) accompanied with rustic chutney and warm artisan bread (v) which they both thoroughly enjoyed.
For mains, I had the Slow-Roasted Tomato, Basil & Almond Bake (£13.95) stuffed with Roasted sweet peppers, oyster mushrooms and tomato tapenade (ve) with a side of Skinny fries & aioli (v) (£3.50). This flavoursome vegan dish was gorgeous and although it doesn’t contain cheese it did have a slightly cheesy taste that I liked, it’s definitely something that I would order again but I feel that you will need to add a side because the flavour did get a little repetitive so the scrumptious fries sprinkled with salt flakes did help me finish every little bit. Nonetheless, I loved this dish and the succulent oyster mushrooms were beautiful too!
My sister tried out another vegan dish with the Plant-Based (£13.95) Coconut tzatziki & slow-roasted tomato tapenade (ve) with skinny fries, crispy onions and a gherkin. I was more than happy with my almond bake, but I was a little envious checking out my sister’s veggie burger stack. If only my tight high waisted jeans would have allowed me to fit in two mains without popping a button.
While we enjoyed our plant-based meals, my Mom went for the Rotisserie Half Chicken (£13.95) with skinny fries, garlic confit & preserved lemon aioli and my Nan had the 8oz Rump Steak (£18.95) served with twice-cooked chunky chips, caramelised onion, stilton & panko crumb tart, confit tomato & parsley butter.
Since we all have a sweet tooth, skipping dessert is not an option, we will always find room!
My Nan went for the Melting Chocolate & Peanut Bomb (£8.95), which had hot salted caramel sauce poured on by the waiter to reveal a ball of Sticky toffee pudding and peanut butter cream inside accompanied by vanilla ice cream (v).
Mom and I opted for the Home-Baked Chocolate Brownie (£6.95) with Belgian chocolate sauce & Bourbon vanilla ice cream (v). While my sister went for something a little fruitier and more traditional with an Apple & Rhubarb Crumble (£5.95) and a pot of vanilla custard (v).
The heavenly sweet desserts were the perfect ending to our lovely evening dining by candlelight at the newly refurbished Gastropub in Stourbridge . We were thoroughly impressed with the stunning interiors and extensive food and drink menu.
We are already planning our next visit to The Lyttleton Arms, as we think it would be the perfect place to stop at after a summers day stroll around the beautiful Clent Hills a short drive away.
Disclaimer: Press invite, all food and drink were complimentary. Photos and words are my own.