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“A very pleasant dining experience...”

Vardon's Restaurant Chorley
Ranked #23 of 220 Restaurants in Chorley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$48
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Set within the idyllic surroundings of Shaw Hill Country Club, Vardons Restaurant at Shaw Hill Hotel serves classic European cuisine made using the finest locally sourced produce. Opulent yet relaxed, the Regency-style dining room features lavish drapes and elegant corniced ceilings. An array of rich and heady flavours includes venison carpaccio with roast beetroot, roast monkfish with Pernod sauce, or a succulent sirloin steak filled with creamy Roquefort.
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Part of Shaw Hill Golf and Spa Hotel, with rural views over the golf course, Vardon's restaurant is really quite elegant and has a rather upmarket ambience. We've visited several times and have yet to experience anything other than very good food and impeccable service, from obliging, courteous yet unobtrusive staff.

On this occasion, the Sunday lunch menu had a small selection of straightforward dishes for starters and main courses. Our starters ranged from a simple fan of melon, via a rich chicken liver parfait and a paupiette of black pudding, to a tian of smoked mackerel. Just enough in quantity and with sufficient thought given to the arrangement and dressings of each dish to leave us eagerly awaiting our main courses.

We weren't disappointed. Roast pork was succulent with a rich gravy, although some crackling might have left the purist amongst us even more satisfied. The Goosnargh chicken managed that feat which seems to elude many chicken dishes; it was both succulent and tasty, whilst the vegetarian option, a timbale of vegetables, was far more appetising than my bare description might suggest. Everything arrived perfectly cooked and attractively presented, well seasoned, very tasty and served with a small selection of simple cooked vegetables. Portions were ample, and were well complemented by a very easy to drink Soave, chosen from what seemed to be a thoughtfully assembled wine list.

Only two of our party had room for pudding, but that didn't stop the other two hovering expectantly with spoons at the ready to sample a velvety smooth mint chocolate mousse and the hot pudding of the day, a featherlight hot orange sponge in a small lagoon of crème anglaise. Both delicious.

Our time in the restaurant coincided with two large family parties, so we were particularly pleased that the staff made every effort to ensure we weren't neglected in the rush and bustle of what must have been a hectic service.

A lovely unhurried lunch was rounded off in the lounge area with coffee and petits fours.

All in all, exactly what we hoped for when we booked the table, and Vardon's delivered.

Sounds like it cost a small fortune? Well, no, actually.

Including pre-prandial drinks and wine, the bill came to a reasonable £106.00 for four people. That wouldn't be outrageous for a routine pub meal with drinks but. given the added value of the splendid setting and the quality of staff and service, we felt Vardon's gave real value for money.

We'll certainly be going again!

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Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We visited Vardon's restaurant last night and were treated to an evening of culinary delights. We were informed by the friendly bar tender that the menus were new this week.
After taking a drink in the bar/lounge area, we were shown to our table. Expecting our starters, we were each brought an 'amuse-bouche' to start off our meal! These were delicious and definitely tickled the taste buds!
The following 3 courses were beautifully presented, inparticular the dessert! All of our meals were so delicious, we'll be back again to try more. All the staff were friendly and welcoming, particularly our waitress.

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Thank amanda_byers1
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Lovely tasty food served by friendly fun people in very nice surroundings. Staff going out of their way to meet our requirements.

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Thank Beaky44
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Being a regular visitor to the area, (from the culinary hot spot of Germany - Baden Wuerttemburg)
I have sampled a number of restaurants in the area. Vardons restaurant is an outstanding exception. The freindly professional service, spacious layout and first class cuisine make this a regular venue with the family whenever the opportunity arises. If one had to be critical, then I'd say the colour scheme of the decor isn't what I'd choose - but that is a secondary issue and just a question of personal taste.

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Thank Bernard H
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

My wife and I often have lunch at Vardons but today was extra special. There were new starters and main courses on the menu which were so good that delicious is just too weak a word. The restaurant is beautiful, the setting lovely and the service personal and delightfully unstuffy but the food today was dreamlike. It is always excellent but the new dishes (the grilled tuna steaks...mouth-watering) inventive and extra tasty. What astonishes me is the price which is so reasonable it beats inferior pub lunches with ease.

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