You could not imagine a more charming setting for a Sunday Lunch in Telford - or for that matter anywhere else in Shropshire. Nestled at the foot of the Wrekin, surrounded by fields and forest is the Buckatree Hall Hotel.
Of recent years I have been seduced by the wide selection of public house Sunday meals available throughout Telford and Wrekin. So what had changed for me on this occasion? Well frankly, a price tag of £12.95 for a 3 course meal. Yes, you read that right. It sounded like astonishing value, so off I went with my young family to see what the Buckatree Hall Hotel Sunday lunch was all about.
The first big thumb up was the ample free parking. This made my other half very happy as we swung on to the car park and my rabble excitedly climbed out of the car.
Upon entering the stylish hotel, my 6-year-old son whispered; "This is posh."
We were warmly greeted by a member of the Buckatree team and seated in the contemporarily decorated bar while presented with our menu to drool over. The choices were plentiful; 5 starters, 5 main courses and 6 desserts! I was grateful of the time to salivate over my options.
Our lunchtime waitress was called Rose, she walked us from the bar into Lakeside Restaurant. The restaurant is aptly named as we were seated next to a full length window, not too far from the hotels very own fish filled lake.
My first impression of the restaurant was very pleasant indeed; the room is spacious, light yet warming, with gold and red interior. We had booked our table for 1pm and although the restaurant was busy with around 60 covers, it felt very calm and inviting.
There was a real cross section of customers in the restaurant; from an 80th birthday party to a young family and their 9 month old baby. I felt happy that we had been seated near the latter. Although I shouldn't have worried, the spaciousness of the room meant that it felt like you were miles away from the other diners. This is a stark contrast to the pub meals I have been used to, whereby you can often feel you are intruding in on someone else's meal just by sitting at your own table. Rose brought out the Buckatree Hall Superhero Challenge - this sounds more complex than it is! This was a creative place mat for children's meals. On the mat there were activities to keep the children entertained such as spot the difference and a word search. My two put to good use the crayons that came with the challenge and tackled the colouring in. The kids menu was on here too, for as little as £6.95 a child can choose from their own Mini Roast Dinner, select a pasta dish or pick something else from the 5 options. My boy went for the chicken nuggets with a beans and chip side. My girl on the other hand wanted vegetable sticks to start followed by the child size roast dinner - she went for pork. Never have two appetites or food preferences been as differing and I wondered if the Bucktree Sunday Lunch menus could please both? The simple answer was they easily could with their balance selection of kids meals. With our orders placed, we eagerly awaited their arrival as the aroma of Sunday Roast filled the room.
It wasn't too long before our starter arrived; I had selected the chefs homemade potato and leek soup, with crispy croutons, while my partner opted for Brussels pate with a plum and apple chutney and Melba toast. The soup was homely and flavoursome; my other half is a huge pate fan but with this comes the reality that he's a really tricky customer to please - simply, he loved it. The children delighted at their mini starters of cheesey garlic bread for one and vegetable sticks for the other. As you will see from my photography, portions were generous. The vegetable sticks comprised of a garlic mayo dip, with carrot, celery and cucumber batons; a healthy finger food starter for young children.
With plates clear of all morsels of food, including the optional bread rolls served with the starter that no one can resist, we anticipated our main courses. After a good settling period our Sunday lunches were served.
The roast topside of beef, Yorkshire pudding and pan gravy was generous – the Yorkshire pud was huge! I was thrilled! Although I did the obligatory eyeing up of my husband’s dinner of roast loin of pork, pan gravy, apple and sultana compote which also look delicious. All of the main courses are served with a selection of seasonal vegetables and a potato dish of the day, in this instance roast potatoes. The roast beef was succulent; the seasonal vegetable had a good crunch, the roast was out of this world. As we devoured our meal we questioned why we hadn't been to the Buckatree for a meal before? We had attended some great events at the venue and had enjoyed a wedding or two at the venue. So why had it taken us until now? We both agree that as children we had enjoy visiting hotels with family to have a meal - it was seen as a real treat. But this was not only a treat but really affordable too. Our son piped up with "This isn't posh, it's just really nice and friendly".
I couldn’t agree more.
Half of our family admitted defeat after the second course, but being a trooper and having my eye on the profiteroles filled with Chantilly cream, coated with a warm chocolate sauce, I delighted in my dessert! My daughter has the child’s chocolate sundae. Both were delicious and completed what had been an enjoyable Sunday Lunch and family outing.
From the thoughtful activities to occupy the kids between courses, to the friendly and warm atmosphere created by the staff and the picturesque surroundings, we enjoyed all of it. Then there is the fantastic tasting and great value food. The Buckatree Hall Hotel is now firmly at the top of our Sunday Lunch venue list!
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