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“Delicious food”
Review of The Stagg Inn

The Stagg Inn
Ranked #5 of 20 Restaurants in Kington
Cuisines: Gastropub
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 14 June 2014

A lovely meal for two!
Delightful touches throughout the meal made this a lovely evening. A pretty garden for a drink and a good choice on the menu. The duck was pink and tender and the carrots that had to be "pulled" yourself out of celeriac purée was a great touch.
The chocolate crisps with coffee were to die for.
A really good pub for a super meal.

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Thank Jane M
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

The Stagg Inn is one of the best places in which I have ever eaten, either in the UK (where it's mainly London) or abroad. The food is really interesting, incredibly fresh, locally sourced and utterly delicious. The staff are lovely, the layout relaxed and the tables sufficiently far from one another that you aren't competing with your neighbours to hear your tablemates.
We had starters including the sweetmeats with black pudding crumb, a completely sublime sushi-style salmon, and the duck liver parfait, but here's the mouth-watering menu for more detail

Cauliflower, white truffle oil £6.50
Scallops, celeriac purée, crab bisque £9.90
Salmon cured with curry spices, Cornish crab£8.90
Duck liver parfait, smoked duck breast, fig £8.90
Steak tartare (fillet of local beef) £9.50
Mackerel, orange pickled carrots, tarragon cream £7.90
Lambs’ sweetbreads, walnut and black pudding crumb £8.90

The children (teenagers) had the children's menu, which is a useful thing to have for scenarios where expecting ones offspring to appreciate, or even enjoy, the delights of more varied foodstuffs is simply a case of pearls before swine!

We almost all had different varieties of beef for main courses - all again absolutely delicious

In addition, the home-baked bread and Stagg crisps with balsamic are things to look forward to as you await your starters

Well worth the diversion and well worth the money!

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Thank BlytheSpirits
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

A friend of mine had been to The Stagg and was wowed by the food. Being a Luddite, I'd not been to a Michelin-starred restaurant and, as an avid follower of MasterChef, I was looking forward to some pretty food with great flavours.

All three starters looked similar, sharing leaves that looked like they were from the same salad bag. There were no whistles and bells. The waiting staff forgot to offer us bread and this was hurriedly brought to the table towards the end of the starter.

My salad of pigeon, parsnip and black pudding was just that, presented on a plate. It was quite dry and lacked any depth of flavour.

My main course of roast beef was tasty, the mashed potato had that 'made from yesterday's potatoes' taste. We shared three small pots of vegetables and the same gravy which seemed odd to accompany both beef and duck.

Pudding was strawberry jelly, sorbet, fresh strawberries and meringues. They should have tasted great together but they lacked flavour and finesse. Again no edible flowers or sugar strands.

Although it was a set menu, you had to pay a £2 supplement for a pud which I've never seen before.

The total bill was £80 which isn't silly money for Sunday lunch but was underwhelmed and wouldn't make the hour trip again.

I have had tastier, better presented food at places without all the awards to their name so maybe Michelin stars aren't all they're cracked up to be.

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Thank MissMsMrsS
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

A hart-ening return to this always superb dining pub restaurant for a splendid Sunday lunch. Cauliflower soup starter with white truffle oil was scrummy, crispy belly pork with apple and shallots was terrifically tasty, roasted beetroot with pickled carrots and parsnip crisps was a springy loveliness.
Roast Beef with Yorkshire puds was deemed good but not as great as previously encountered here, Duck breast and confit leg better than ever, Springfield chicken with artichoke and dauphinoise potatoes was a juicy triumph.
Bread and butter pudding bang on, pannacotta just perfect, the chocolate sorbet was swell and the cheese board, generous. Wines are well chosen and reasonably priced by the bottle, only three white wines offered by the glass, the Chardonnay selected nothing to shout about. Coffee was good and service kind and discrete as always.
Now booked for a consecutive Saturday evening and a Sunday lunch to make a weekend of Staggy delight. Must be caught in a rut, Oh! deer.

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Thank NiklasCeolmund
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Well we were disappointed, not with the food, you understand but the reception. Having read a host of reviews indicating that there was not a welcome in the hillside I emailed in advance to warn of a baby in the party. (I forgot to mention we also had someone on crutches) but nothing was too much trouble.
I had been before but everyone else was new to the treat in store. Asparagus and slowcooked egg was lapped up, as was the potato and ramson soup and the scallops. but wait, I forgot to mention the hand made crisps and balsamic foam and the wonderful bread! For mains we had duck, steak, sea bass - all excellent. Was there room for pudding? Yes! The bread and butter was the best ever, the ice cream disappeared very quickly as did the pana cotta. Service was relaxed and friendly, food excellent, what more could you ask for? Everyone enjoyed and the baby slept through the whole proceedings.
When there are so many restaurants which bill themselves as gastro pubs and overcharge for mediocre food it made a pleasant change to eat good food, which while not cheap did not leave the punter feeling cheated.

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Thank lotsofspots
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