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Peach Tree Restaurant Shrewsbury Review

Peach Tree Shrewsbury ETM

Peach Tree Shrewsbury ETM

A last minute booking last Saturday night proved to be a complete success. I took my partner and 12 year old daughter to The Peach Tree in Shrewsbury, having heard some really good reports from fellow foodies.

Chef Chris Burt is gaining a reputation as one of the county’s finest chefs but sometimes good reputations and reviews can be hard to live up to. Chris and his team had no problem. From the minute you step through the door everything is taken care of and you know you are in excellent hands with Grant.

A gorgeous warm summer evening with the front of the restaurant opening out onto Shrewsbury’s Abbey, I couldn’t decide what to drink and we got the best advice from Grant. A Blooms g&t (with fresh strawberries, mmm) and a couple of organic ginger beers later and we had to ask for help again – with choosing a main course. This time Kirstie stepped in and with her help we finally made a decision.

My overall impression of The Peach Tree is that is it’s just not pretentious – great food in nice surroundings and totally comfortable, you could dress up or go in your jeans and a ‘T’ shirt. It was great to see Chef Chris Burt out in the restaurant at times, and customers like this – you can tell from their faces, Kirstie was exceptional and everyone working there seems happy and helpful, which in turn makes for a lovely evening all round.

There’s a really wide choice of food. I love to try something different and don’t like to eat what I’d cook at home, whereas my partner usually likes relatively ‘safe’ food, and 12 year old girls, well, they can be notoriously hard to please! The Peach Tree satisfied us all with no need to compromise, a rare event indeed.

The quality of the food and use of local produce is exceptional. Middle Farm pork, Shropshire beef, Shropshire Blue and foraged herbs all feature on the menu.

We bypassed starters and went straight for main courses. My daughter’s Atlantic cod in Shropshire Lad beer batter with minted mushy peas was delicious – she loved it. The bits I managed to pinch tasted fantastic. Crispy batter full of flavour, flaky white fish, tasty hand cut fluffy chips and delicious minty peas.

My partner tried the ‘Piggy Plate’ – confit belly pork, chorizo, scrumpy sausage, maple roasted bacon and apple textures – all from Middle Farm Pork, down the road in Church Stretton. With a side order of rosemary French fries. I tried it all and loved every bit as much as he did. I would highly recommend this and will definitely be having it in the future. Make sure you have your teeth in tight for the crackling!

I tried one the specials, The Fish, The Pig and The Pod, a witty and delicious combination of seared scallops, confit belly pork, local black pudding, pea puree, hollandaise, heritage radish and purple potatoes. I can’t fault this dish, it was as tasty as it was beautiful. You can’t beat good crumbly wholesome chunk of black pudding and it really stood out, full of flavour and the rich intensity of the flavour paired well with the juicy scallops.

Onto pudding and my partner’s Lemon tart was exceptional, a huge slice of citrusy loveliness served with divine mango sorbet and raspberries. My daughter tried The ‘Spring Mess’ – an enormous glass of chantilly cream, gingerbread meringue, banana and butterscotch and vanilla bean ice cream. I went for Salted Caramel Chocolate Nemisis Garden – vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate earth. The Spring Mess was very tasty but difficult to finish – you could easily share it, especially after a big main course it could be a bit heavy. My chocolate garden was beautifully presented but was just too much for me – if you’re a real chocoholic you’ll love it so don’t let me put you off.

We all left extremely happy and extremely full. Try it, you won’t be disappointed. I’ll be back very very soon, maybe even to try Chef Chris’ new Japanese style noodle ‘Momo No Ki Ramen‘ Restaurant opening next door mid July.

More on The Peach Tree Restaurant Shrewsbury Here

Note: The Peach Tree Shrewsbury caters for all dietary requirements including Vegan, Coeliac, Vegetarian and just about any other request!

Written by guest writer Kate Eccles. Follow Kate on Twitter @KateEccles  © ETM 2014

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Peach Tree Shrewsbury ETM

Peach Tree Shrewsbury ETM

Peach Tree Shrewsbury ETM

Peach Tree Shrewsbury ETM

 

 

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