It’s been about 2 years since I last went to The Queen Elizabeth in Elmley Castle, when we’d heard that a group of local residents had taken on the pub and the interior had been renovate. My Mum & Dad, a friend and I had dinner there and found the food and service to be quite good but not exceptional by any means. It’s not close enough to home to make the effort to travel to so hadn’t been back since (although my Mum & Dad did go a couple of times).
On Saturday my boyfriend and I had deliberately not made any plans for dinner that evening as we’d decided to see how we felt and make a decision at the last minute. It got to around 5pm and we started to discuss options. I’d been reminded of The Queen Elizabeth by the Editor of the local ‘Pershore Times’ so had a quick look on the website. There was an option to book online, so before I knew it I’d already made the reservation – I wish more restaurants gave you this option! We had a quick look at the menu, there was a starter that I really wanted to try and fancied a burger which they also had on the menu so we went to check it out.
Our reservation was for 7pm, when we were the only people seated in the restaurant. There was a gin, vodka & tonic menu on the table which was really impressive. It had a selection of premium gin suggesting pairings with different flavoured Fever Tree tonic water. Our waitress came over and took our gin & tonic order and gave us some menus which included what we’d briefly seen on their website and a separate specials menu. I chose the creamy garlic mushrooms on toast, topped with smoked Applewood cheese and my boyfriend went for the prawns & crayfish cocktail. Both dishes were really tasty. The fish in the cocktail was fresh and excellent quality and the seafood sauce was lovely too. My mushrooms on toast was just as good as I’d hoped it would be, the mushrooms were hot and the sauce was so moreish and comforting. There wasn’t any cheese on the top so maybe this was part of the sauce?
Whilst eating our starters, a table of 6 was sat next to us in the restaurant. They were celebrating a birthday and understandably noisy, and although we made the best of the situation it would have been nice to have been asked by the staff if we’d like to sit somewhere else as it was quite difficult to have a conversation.
We both wanted to try the Queens Wagyu Gourmet Burger, but were told by our waitress Molly that they only had ‘normal’ burgers as they were out of Wagyu burgers. We asked for the ‘normal’ burgers with melted cheese, the salad garnish and asked them to top them with an additional slice of halloumi. When the burgers arrived they looked pretty dry, they really could have done with some sort of relish or sauce and we didn’t get the melted cheese just the halloumi. The onion rings were homemade and the chunky chips were really good. I hope the Wagyu burger is really impressive as sadly this one was quite average. I’d definitely like to go back and try something else from the menu though as the starters were fantastic.
Feeling quite hungry and probably more so greedy that day, we decided to order a dessert each and share a cheese plate. We went for the stick toffee pudding and the chocolate fondant. The fondant was our favourite of the 2, the chocolate was completely melted and oozy in the middle and therefore impossible not to finish it. We then had the cheese plate which had some blue cheese, cheddar and brie with a selection of biscuits, some butter and what I think was a chutney which I didn’t try.
The overall experience at The Queen Elizabeth was good, we had a great evening and will be going back as would like to try something else from the menu. We also felt that it was good value and priced right for the standard offered. One of the owners or the manager came out to us and the 2 other tables at the end of the meal to ask us how everything was and to thank us for supporting them. We thought this was a nice touch and showed that they obviously really cared about what their customers thought and our custom was valued. All of the staff were really friendly and efficient, in particular our waitress Molly.
Cost: £51.65 (food only)
2 starters, 2 main courses, 2 desserts, 1 cheese plate
Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, United Kingdom – last visited in February 2017
Food hygiene rating – generally satisfactory 3/5- date of last inspection 5th October 2016