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Innkeeper's Lodge (Lichfield)
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Innkeeper's Lodge (Lichfield)
Advantages: Superb food and nice setting
Disadvantages: Staff were a bit lazy and not terribly interested in providing a good service
The Hedgehog pub (an 'Innkeeper's Lodge') is situated on the A51 going north out of Lichfield on the road to Rugeley. It is in a delightful setting, nestled amongst a small wooded area, with views out towards the south and east. The building is old, and quite large. In addition, there are extensive grounds with outdoor seating both on patios and the grass. Many tables have large umbrellas and heaters, and in the summer, there's a really nice atmosphere as the sun goes down.
Inside, the pub is well decorated and laid out. It's a bit cramped, and like so many of these pubs these days, they do try to cram in as many tables and seats as possible. Sadly, the time we visited coincided with the end of a weekend beer festival, and consequently, there seemed to be a lack of staff. We'd booked a table, though it took 15 minutes to find a member of staff to show it to us. The table was very pleasant, though tucked away in a corner which I know doesn't suit everyone.
You order everything yourself at the bar. I was disappointed to find that when I returned with my gin and tonic, they hadn't put any gin in. I went back to the bar, and to be honest, they weren't particularly interested, and it was obviously a great inconvenience for them to have to redo it.
As in all these pubs these days, the menu is extensive, from starters, to light bites, mains, pub classics, and puddings. I do sometimes wonder whether they'd do better sticking to fewer dishes and doing them really well, rather than trying to please all the customers all the time (which to me seems impossible). I had Slow Cooked Lamb with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Baby Carrots. This was delicious and very good value at only £11 or so. One disappointment, though I realise it's a personal thing, is that if they're going to serve these blessed baby carrots (which are generally tasteless), I wish they'd cut off the stalks!
Puddings were equally as good (sorry...I've forgotten what I had). There was a nice selection of puddings, and for once, they weren't all stodgy cakes and crumbles.
I think that overall, the place had a nice atmosphere (no loud music), but the staff weren't really very attentive. The food was excellent though and highly recommended. If only they'd put as much effort into their customer service as they did their food, the place would be all the better for it.
Accommodation is provided, though I can't comment on this.
Summary: Food is highly recommended, but staff are a bit slow.
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