The Lyttelton Arms
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
This pub and restaurant is truly in touch with its heritage, serving a wide range of English ales as well as continental beers, but has also embraced simple, effective cooking in its menu, which offers something for everyone. My companion's onion tart starter was a highlight, and I found my starter of asparagus, poached egg and ham similarly excellent. I chose my main course, monkfish with pea risotto, from the day's specials menu and was very impressed. Chosen from among fine fish and steak dishes, the monkfish was well cooked and the risotto flavoursome and generously portioned. My companion enjoyed her linguini with salmon, which was rich and very satisfying. The rest of the menu is laden with traditional stove and grill pub options as well as salad and pasta dishes, covering starters, appetisers and sharing plates - something for any time of day, any day of the week.
The desserts were exceptional. My companion chose a vanilla panna cotta, while I was thrilled to find pineapple upside-down cake on the menu. Neither disappointed, and both were well presented and finely prepared. We had to call on our self-restraint in order to turn down Eton mess, cheesecake and apple and rhubarb crumble.
The staff were attentive and friendly throughout our visit, from the greeting at the door to the table service, and were on hand to offer advice and suggestions on both the menu and the excellent wine list.
This modern country pub is well worth a visit. Whether to eat and drink in the summer whilst enjoying the spacious outdoor terrace, or in the winter to feel the warmth of the stone ovens and log fires, The Lyttelton Arms ensures a friendly welcome and some very fine cooking.