Review written by Claire Gutteridge, Local Ludlow Magazine, April 2020.
Having reviewed The Plume @ Feathers Restaurant in Autumn 2019, it felt only right to pop into The Feathers Hotel and see if the same warm welcome and culinary excellent remained present several months later and we are pleased to say it is.
Mid week discerning diners can now sample an ever changing Wine and Dine 3 course menu with a glass of the unique and exceptional British house red or white for just £35 a head.
The dynamic new menu changes with the ebbs and flows of the seasonal produce available. Crest Group Executive Chef Wayne Nell is constantly designing dishes on advice from suppliers from the local area, with the warmer months bidding farewell to favourites such as game and welcoming lighter flavoured elements.
The daily menu offers an affordable luxury dining experience in an unassuming yet high class eatery. The offering is a choice of four starters, mains and desserts, including some of their most popular A la Carte dishes.
Of particular mention was the starter – smoked haddock fishcake, lemon aioli and crispy capers. It delivered the quintessentially British flavours of smoked haddock and a sweet beetroot puree, pleasantly interjected with a Mediterranean nod of the juxtaposing fresh and smooth aioli and pared down saltiness of the capers. As a lover of capers, it was something of a revelation to enjoy them even more as a crisp.
For main course, the classic French dish; Chicken Forestiere proved to be an excellent choice. This traditional “of the forest” dish delivered a simple and clean combined flavour of rolled chicken and herb breast, in perfect union with pure and organic flavours of wild mushrooms, apple and potato. All complimented on the plate by buttered kale and heritage carrots.
The four dessert options seemed to have something to please all palates and the Eton Mess will surely be the most beautiful “mess’’ you will see on a plate. It’s feather light meringue slices with Chantilly cream and berry compote was a delight and a superb end to a yet another delightful dining experience at The Feathers.