That was the second time I visited Shenstone. My first visit was on a birthday some years ago. And what was supposed to be a tranquil meal with my husband, ended up in a drinking session until later than expected.
This time, I wanted to experience the food. Not drinks. And the village itself. So, we headed to Shenstone for a family meal at the Bull’s Head.
As I understood, the pub had a recent makeover. I don’t remember what it looked like before. But it’s quite nice and spacious. It has a modern décor and a lot of character with its cosy sofas and wooden tables and its open fires. I like the combination of a countryside pub with a modern town one.
And even without any reservation, it was fairly easy to tables available. However, it was getting packed when we left.
We missed the brunch, but I was content to know that there were plenty of options to suit my low-carb diet. I was content with a starter that had mushrooms on a toast and my refreshing salad with mango, avocado, and prawns.
There was a lot of salad on the plate and maybe this justified its price. It was a correct and tasty meal. Didn’t blow my mind though. Not like the persimmon and mozzarella salad I had in Arturito, in Sao Paulo.
My husband decided to go for one of the chef’s specialties – the pie of the day that had prosciutto, brie, and chicken, also served with roasted carrots and gravy. I don’t eat chicken; do I didn’t try his meal.
But I have to say his meal smelled and looked appetising. It looked the true personification of a gorgeous country pub’s meal.
Auntie Kate went for the beef brisket and it looked also delicious.
We didn’t drink and I skipped the dessert for one single reason – I can`t eat anything with sugar for a while. Luckily, I am not a sweet-tooth person.
The staff was nice and caring. I think the manager was also around actually serving us at some point. Something that is really thoughtful, of course.
We were not in the drinking mood, but I confess I wanted to visit this pub soon just to try some of the cocktails I have spotted on the menu.
Prices? A bit spiced. As I said, I can have a better salad for half of it. However, both my husband’s and auntie’s meals looked like they were worth the price paid. I guess country pubs are famous for their sourced meat and also delicious pies. Not a place to go for only trying a salad. My bad.
On the overall, it was a nice experience that was cheaper than expected. It came to £50 for three people, but we have to remember there were no alcoholic drinks.
Would I go back to The Bull’s Head? Yes, I would. Like I said before, there are some cocktails waiting for me.
Shopping local and visiting Saint John’s the Baptist Church.
After our meal, we had a nice walk through the village. Auntie kate wanted to check the Saint John’s The Baptist church – which is placed at the highest point of the village. It’s a beautiful church and the remains of what I believe is the old church is also quite inquisitive.
We also popped to the local butcher and I get some venison sausages and eggs. I still think we should shop more in butchers. Even though I don’t eat too much meat, I still praise the quality of food. Besides, eggs are always better sourced and way cheaper than the average ones from supermarkets.
Once again, I had a nice afternoon in Shenstone. I’m glad it’s fairly near to where we live, and I will definitely pop for more experiences like this soon.