A venue we’ve visited on several occasions over the years, Aston Marina in Stone, Staffordshire, has been through many changes.
Providing moorings for canal boats, the marina previously also featured a bistro and farm shop. A new venue, The Boathouse, was created to host events, which has proved to be very popular with weddings. More recently, a big refurbishment of the main building saw the farm shop and bistro be replaced with a bar and restaurant.
Unfortunately, the meal didn’t get off to the best start. My Mum and Dad both really disliked their haddock and crab Thai fishcake starters. This was such a shame because Dan and I really enjoyed our first courses.
My duo of melon and parma ham was even nicer than I expected. Presented beautifully, it was really brought to life by sweet and crunchy candied pumpkin seeds. Blueberry balsamic was the perfect finishing touch. I would definitely choose this again!
Dan chose the crisp panko crumbed soft poached egg. With black pudding, confit cherry tomato and hollandaise sauce, he said he was thinking about this dish the next day and how delicious it was.
Everyone was really happy with their main course choices. Mum and Dan chose the duo of local venison. I can’t remember what my Dad had though – oops!
One thing that always annoys me is eating a dish that ends up being spicy, when there’s no mention of any spice on the menu, as I hate spicy food. I was a little concerned when the salmon special turned out to be a little spicy, but thankfully it was very mild. Served with bok choi, beansprouts, noodles and a hoi sin sauce, it was really tasty and very enjoyable.
After 2 courses, none of us could manage dessert. I’d spotted my favourite, creme brulee, on the menu too, which I was sad not to be able to try.
Tasteful decor and overall very enjoyable food means we’ll probably return again in the future.
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