Tayleur Arms, Longdon on Tern

We’re having a bit of a celebratory family weekend so a spontaneous Sunday lunch at the Tayleur Arms happened. The pub re-opened under new management in September 23 having had a bit of a chequered history in recent years. Not least being completely rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2014. It’s a very sizeable building, with plenty of room for diners as well as a bar area. There is also a lovely beer garden and an accommodation block on site, so I’ll imagine that this is a lovely spot when the gale force winds aren’t howling too!

I think it’s part of the Stonegate group, but obviously very carefully run by a wonderful family. Despite not having a booking (and them having lots of big groups booked in) we were quickly seated and well taken care of. The cask ale offering is a little limited – we were hoping for a pint of the Beartown Kahuna, a passionfruit pale ale, but sadly it had gone off yesterday to be replaced with Doom Bar. Always strikes dread into my heart. But happily they did have Wye Valley’s HPA instead. It was in good condition, a tasty pint, although one glass was a little dirty. That is basically my only complaint from the whole visit though, so I can forgive a few telltale bubbles.

Sunday Carvery

We dived into the carvery without starters. We could see all the food being brought out on to the counter and suspected that a starter might be a little much. I think that was a good call.

There were four fantastic looking meats on offer. A choice of pork, beef, gammon or turkey. I took a smidge of all everything except the gammon. You know, for research? Then you moved on to serving yourself some vegetables. Carrots, peas, cabbage, green beans. And a rich cauliflower cheese. Oh, I forgot the – massive – homemade Yorkshires. And a pig in blanket, because why not. Then on to your carbs. Additional carbs. A buttery mash and some simply divine, crisp roast potatoes. They took me right back to eating Sunday dinner at my nan’s when I was little. Awesome.

And stuffing balls. I love a stuffing ball.

A little row of sauces completes your journey, if you can fit anything more on your plate. Which I couldn’t. But there’s always room for gravy, steaming and thick, from a literal soup urn as the piece de resistance.

Sunday dinner Shropshire

Thoughts?

It was all great. Really great. Too much food if anything. I probably could have taken a little less I suppose. But where’s the fun in that? And I ate it all too. Every last morsel. I don’t think there is anything else I could ask for from a Sunday roast. Maybe parsnips, but looking at their Facebook page I’d say the veg regularly changes so you’ve probably got different options from week to week.

I’d be very happy to go back. They run a menu throughout the week as well. Buy one get one free on Fish Fridays. A special Valentine’s Day steak dinner coming up in February (booking essential). Sandwiches and hot baps. Breakfasts. There is also entertainment in the form of quiz nights, live music and bingo evenings. Lots to keep you occupied. But mainly, just a warm welcome, brilliantly attentive service and a real attention to every customer that I’m sure will ensure the Tayleur Arms makes a great success of itself.

🐐 Long Waste, Longdon upon Tern, TF6 6LJ

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We went to the pub unannounced (as I mentioned). And we paid for our meal with our own money. Except for my daughter, who shared mine. And the dogs, who didn’t eat anything.

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