With its classy and cosy decor, Loxleys is certainly one for the shortlist while in Shakespeare’s town. The fun and playful pairing of flavours throughout the modern European menu are a treat to the tastebuds. Perfect place for an adult-only night out as children are not allowed after 8pm.
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What is the food like?
Well made and wholesome modern European dishes with ingredients sourced from recognised British producers like Gressingham duck (gressinghamduck.co.uk) and Colston Bassett Stilton (colstonbassettdairy.co.uk). Fun and playful pairing of flavours in the starters. Seared scallops were paired with sharp apple, fresh cucumber and hot horseradish cream while scotch eggs come with curried mayonnaise and sticky BBQ wings were accompanied by blue cheese dips. Decent choices of vegan dishes like broad bean guacamole, tofu fritters and sage gnocchi.
How is the drinks selection?
Sufficiently catered for. 15 choices of red wine, 13 choices of white wine, 2 rosé, 2 dessert wine and 7 sparkling wine – including a Dom Perignon at £165 and the bold Bordeaux red of Les Tourelles de Longueville from Château Pichon Baron in Pauillac for £95 (pichonbaron.com).
What is the place like?
Classy and cosy. Mysterious black wallpaper with green palm leaves accented by golden pineapple wall lights and floral chandeliers create a lavish space. Wallpaper design replicated in softer white background on the chairs and soft cushions create a relaxed space. The exposed wooden structural beams brings added character to complete the look.
Who are the patrons?
Sophisticated, well dressed holiday makers looking for a good night out. Popular with couples as Loxleys is tastefully decorated and romantic. Not many tables with children when we were there for a 7.30pm seating as no children are allowed after 8pm.
How is the service?
Efficient and attentive. Orders were taken promptly and tap water placed on our table shortly after. Perfect waiting time in between dishes.
Is it child friendly?
Yes, but only until 8pm. Space for prams and high chairs.
Is it dog friendly?
Loxleys does not charge any optional service charge. Be sure to leave a tip for the efficient and attentive service.
See below for what my dining companions and I indulged in for this review:
2014 Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Reserva, Spain
This particular 2014 vintage was awarded 91 points by Robert Parker. (vivancoculturadevino.es). Made of 90% Tempranillo 10% Granacha, it stands out with its intense deep red colour. Rich on the nose with hints of plum and cherry. Bold on the palate with a long velvety finish. £29.50
Seared Scottish King Scallops
The perfectly seared juicy chunky scallops were paired with crunchy strips of Granny Smith apple, soft cool cucumber, horseradish cream and oyster leaf. This was our first time having oyster leaf, a herb like basil leaves but tastes like oysters (very subtle). £12
Chicken Liver Parfait
Smooth and rich chicken liver parfait. Beautifully flavoured fig jam and grilled fig with sourdough complete a true classic. £8.50
Roast Rump of Lamb
Wholesome combination of perfectly pink roast rump of lamb with melt-in-mouth confit lamb belly. The rich meat is balanced with ratatouille stuffed red pepper, a dollop of goats curd, lamb jus and rectangular Dauphinois potatoes. £23.95
8oz Ribeye Steak
A beautifully cooked 28-day, dry aged Hereford beef. Bursting with flavours. Served with grilled mushroom and tomato, wild rocket, double cooked chips and rich Stilton cream sauce. £22.95
Salted Caramel Tart
A nice finishing touch to the evening. Generous serving of not-too-sweet salted caramel tart accompanied by dark chocolate & praline ice cream. £8.50. Enjoyed with a glass of full-bodied and rich Domaine Lafage Maury Grenat dessert wine from Roussillon (domaine-lavage.com). £5