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“Lovely country pub with great food and service”
Review of The Malt Shovel

The Malt Shovel
Ranked #38 of 155 Restaurants in Lichfield
Price range: US$8 - US$22
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Malt Shovel is a traditional inn with log fires and located in the beautiful surroundings of Chorley near Lichfield. Offering home cooked food and rela ales.Children and dog friendly.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Lovely country pub with great food and service”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

I visited this pub for lunch as part of an all day ride with Cannock Chase Trekking Centre. I was impressed with the facilities for tying up the horses safely and noticed there also seemed to be places for people to pitch caravans too. The village location was charming and there was a nice outdoor area for eating. The staff were unfailingly helpful and friendly, and my tuna melt baguette and chips were yummy and just what the doctor ordered after a hard morning's riding. Recommended - with or without a horse!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank WanderingStar1234
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English first
Birmingham
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Took some family friends here last week...as have visited in the past and had good experience. However, service was slow (table booked for 7 and food arrived at 8), food was average and environment was very crowded and noisy. Perhaps a victim of the Tripadvisor ratings? Could do with removing a table to make the room less crowded and the dining experience more intimate...plus easier for staff to get through the crowds with sizzling food plates!

  • Visited August 2014
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2 Thank freedomBirmingham
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Lytham St Annes
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best Pie ever”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Fabulous visit to this Pub. I recommend the Beef & Guinness Pie. Real pastry !!
Best ever. Party of 8 and well looked after by the staff. Lovely location.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Eddie G
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Walsall
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unbelievable!”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

I am a great fan of The Malt Shovel, the place, the food, the friendliness of everyone there, and I simply don't believe one or two of these reviews, which must surely have been posted by or on behalf of competitors out to discredit the restaurant and gain some advantage from that. I think the large percentage of very positive reviews tends to suggest that I'm right.
The restaurant is very popular, which again tends to prove my point, so can be rather busy and, as everything is cooked fresh in the kitchen, there can be a short wait between courses, but I think it's no bad thing anyway to let your food go down before the next course. I know I certainly need that, and it's nice that you are not rushed to finish your meal and vacate your table.
I have eaten many times at The Malt Shovel over quite a number of years, and have never had a poor meal at any time. Most recently I went there with my wife, brother, and sister in law for a lunch-time meal - very unusual for me as I don't often eat much at lunchtimes - but the quality and service were great. All four of us made different food choices, and we all agreed that it was all absolutely excellent.
I have just called Jane and made a booking for us to take a friend there on Monday evening, and I am looking forward to it immensely, with no concern whatsoever about disappointment.
I recommend anyone to try The Malt Shovel and I'd be amazed if they'fail to enjoy the food there, but it can be very busy so I always call to book. So if you can, make that call a few days ahead, especially for Fridays and Saturdays.
Finally, I'd just like to add that I am a totally independent customer of The Malt Shovel, with no axe to grind nor any reason to show favour, which I honestly don't think is true of one or two of your "reviewers".

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Geoff W
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evo11, Manager at The Malt Shovel, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you very much for your very truthful review as i too had my reservations about the last reviews as to comment on 6 restaurants all on the same day sent warning signs. Looking forward to seeing you very soon.
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Not great”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Possibly a victim of its own success. The food was average, the service was poor and value for money was poor. Seems to be a place for the 2 bit millionaires to show their faces. Why anyone would visit here when the trooper is only down the road astounds me.

  • Visited March 2014
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7 Thank Brooky83
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evo11, Manager at The Malt Shovel, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Victim of its own success, SUCCESS being the ultimate word, I find your review totally untruthful and reviewing 6 restaurants on the same day just goes to prove it. You are abviously a competitor with no competition to us. To describe our clientele as too bit millionaires is merely offensive and incorrect and obviously a sign of complete jealousy, my customers are all different genre and i value them all equally. Look forward in not seeing you again.
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