A family owned casual country house hotel on the banks of the river Severn in Shrewsbury.
This is a magnificent grade II listed building, standing on the banks of the River Severn, it has been tastefully decorated and captures the charms of its original coaching inn days, reflecting an atmosphere of comfort and tranquility.

Being a 3 star quality Hotel and Restaurant with 2 AA Rosettes, and extensive banqueting facilities, the hotel is ideal for your family breaks, business meetings, or an intimate meal for two!

The Mytton & Mermaid Hotel,

Atcham,

Shrewsbury

SY5 6QG

myttonandmermaid.co.uk

Telephone: 01743 761220

Email: reception@myttonandmermaid.co.uk

I visited The Mytton & Mermaid several years ago when, unfortunately, it didn’t impress me sufficiently to merit my returning for a second time.

Five years on, my husband and I walked into a very different restaurant, and enjoyed one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a very long time.The Mytton & Mermaid always strikes gold in terms of its atmosphere. A beautiful listed building perched on the bank of the River Severn, it was full of the smells of winter and Christmas on the night we visited.

Following a warm welcome, we sat down to a velvety glass of Chilean Merlot and a pint of lager. After much debate, we settled on a grazing plate of pork scratchings, along with some stunning canapés of goats cheese mousse, chicken liver parfait, herb-crusted anchovies and ham hock terrine. We also went for a sharing starter of baked camembert with a tear’n’share loaf, tomato chutney, balsamic pickled onions, sundried tomatoes and salad garnish.

Something to be aware of when you order - the starters and grazing portions are very generous, with lots of extras. We’d consumed enough to feed a family before we’d even started our mains! It’s also worth point- ing out that there were some very tasty-sounding vegetarian mains available, ones that looked far more interesting than the generic mushroom risotto you seem to find in most restaurants’ vegetarian section.

Enter the main course. I had pan-seared duck breast with a fennel, beetroot and goats cheese tart (one of my favourite culinary combinations), sticky red cabbage and black pudding bon bons with aged balsamic syrup. My husband had the classic Mytton Burger - a 6oz char- grilled sirloin burger with smoked bacon, Appleby’s red onion marmalade, handcut chips and slaw. The duck was served pink, in perfect proportion to the rest of the plate. Although I did- n’t finish it, I loved every mouthful. The only criticism of the meal at this point was that the burger was so huge you couldn’t bite it comfortably - the bun was more of a loaf than a bun!

Although we had splendidly full stomachs by this point, we nonetheless went for Round Four, the puddings - Bailey’s Parfait with honeycomb, cherry & brandy jelly and candied pecans, and dark chocolate mousse with clementine ice cream, chocolate disks and orange fluid gel. I was totally enamoured with both, from the textures and tastes to the Christmassy nature of the can- died pecans and the clementine ice cream (although the mousse was very rich and perhaps a little heavy).

In a nutshell, then, The Mytton & Mermaid is a friendly, top-notch, value-for-money Shropshire restaurant which benefits further from having such knowledge- able staff. I would highly recommend it, and genuinely can’t wait to go back and sample more of head chef Chris Geisler’s creations.

Reviewed by Jessica Aston

 


4 Stars on Tue, 10 Dec 2013