"You Choose" — The Lyttelton Arms

Once a week we walk into a restaurant and make the staff order for us

VenueThe Lyttelton Arms, Hagley, DY9 9LJ; website
Choice: Grilled lamb kofta (£7.50) Chooser: Hannah, waitress

Slap-bang in the middle of Hagley, over Kidderminster-way, the Lyttelton was renowned for nice looking food and even nicer looking clientele. It’s recent refurb has managed to big-up the opulence whilst dialling down the pretentiousness and as a result the new-look pub, bar and restaurant feels exclusive but no longer excluding. A mere 7 Uber-minutes from Stourbridge Junction (to which there are six direct trains an hour from Moor Street), the interior is lush to look at, even if it’s a little too eager to flag its Ivy-esque aspirations. The bar area, in particular, was a fine spot to sup a blood orange and passionfruit Tom Collins, like the naughty Fanta you really want to be sipping on your hols. Starters saw freshly shucked oysters (£3.95), topped off gloriously by the teeniest bottle of Tabasco and tart pickled red onions. Next up, the aubergine, lentil and chickpea tagine (£10.95) isn't a repeat order for us but the smoky grilled lamb kofta made us glad that we dared to veer away from the steaks and burgers the rest of the dining room seemed to be chowing. Finally, the (will it, won’t it?) melting chocolate and peanut bomb (£8.95) was well worth the minor case of brain-freeze that came with it. Oh, and after the most British of awkward pauses, it did. 

WORDS: Robb Sheppard