I was recently invited to visit the Hatton Arms near Warwick. A delightful country put, right on the canal at Hatton Locks.
I've been lucky enough to visit the Hatton Arms previously, as it's a great stop after a number of country walks in the area, but this was my first time visiting at night time.
The pub has a great friendly atmosphere, with many groups enjoying drinks while others take advantage of their substantial food menu.
I visited on a buzzing Friday night with a friend and we were greeted by their very welcoming team.
We both opted for the full three courses and shared a bottle of white wine.
To start, I couldn't resist the Hatton Estate shredded duck, Chinese pancakes, cucumber and spring onion. Like a lot of the menu, a lot of the produce comes from their privately owned Hatton Estate. The duck was absolutely delicious and a huge portion (although I felt like I needed a couple more pancakes).
My friend chose the warm mini camembert infused with Hatton Estate rosemary and garlic, artisan breads, and red onion chutney. The camembert was oozy and delicious and utterly moreish.
Next, for mains, I chose the Packington free-range confit of pork belly, which was served with a sweet potato dauphinoise, kale, crackling and Calvados jus. This was again lovely. The crackling was perfect.
I had utter food envy, though. My friend opted for one of the specials, seabass with crushed potatoes and phwoar; it looked lovely. It was cooked to perfection with a flaky seabass fillet and a fresh and delicious sauce, which they said they could have had double the amount of.
I could not resist the sound of their Bakewell crème brulee. A moreish almond custard with cherries baked at the bottom and the perfect crack. This was my perfect pudding.
My friend opted for the equally delicious chocolate bomb, which was on their specials menu. Smooth chocolate mousse with a punchy cherry sauce. This was the one course my friend didn't even offer me a taste of, as they'd eaten it too quickly. Which is always the sign of a great dessert!
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable experience at a lovely pub. It's modern inside and in a brilliant location. I definitely recommend!
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