For all the foodies of Staffordshire, you may be familiar with the popular restaurants owned by the Parogon Group – the restaurant chain which is similar to Brunning & Price style gastro pubs.
As a fan of the Parogon restaurants in the area, i.e. most recent visits outlined in my previous blog posts such as The Boars Head, Blockhouse at The Sheet Anchor, The Wayfarer, and my most frequent dinner stop at The Swan with Two Necks, I was excited to discover the newest opening of The Seven Stars near Stafford. (This town holds a special nostalgia from old school days as a lot of my friends in the area lived here with an array of amazing memories from my teenage years).
And so Friday night came and it was time to review the food and check out the setting; as expected, it had the same style as the restaurants above; contemporary bistro venue that instantly offers a warm and cosy atmosphere.
Greeted by a friendly waitress, we enjoyed a red Merlot & glass of white Sauvignon with our Bread & Olives for starters whilst deciding on the main.
Being a gastro pub and knowing the menu well across the other Parogon Group restaurants, I knew the Sea Bass would be a great shout. The image below showcases the neat presentation of my pan fried sea bass fillets which was accompanied with a creamy dill and prawn sauce with cherry tomatoes, sautéed potatoes, pea purée and seasonal vegetables. Priced at £15.95, this was standard for the main course prices.
I also tried out my friend’s pan fried duck breast which came with dauphinoise potatoes, butternut squash purée, braised pak choi and cherry & port sauce. We just love a good pan fry! This one was priced slightly more expensively at £16.45.
Another one of us tried out the breaded chicken breast stuffed with Croxton Manor cheese and chorizo with garlic & thyme roasted potatoes, red peppers, green beans, broccoli and creamy rosemary sauce. You can’t really go wrong with this mix of ingredients – subtle but worked extremely well together; very moreish.
We also tried out the goats’ cheese wellington (V) with pepper and coriander salad which was the cheapest of all our courses priced at £12.95, the pastry was perfect – light enough to satisfy and went well with the sharp taste of the goats’ cheese.
As a meat lover, I was surprised how much I loved this vegetarian option and would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves goats’ cheese.
Ending on a high, we went with the double chocolate baked cookie dough which was served with vanilla ice cream. The title of the pudding says it all and it’s just as good as it sounds…
Served in a black cast iron pan, we soon devoured the ‘warm-from-the-oven’ baked cookie with the butterscotch goodness of soft cookie dough, which literally melted in the mouth.
Another great representation of the Parogon restaurant chain and I would definitely return to this venue!
The Seven Stars would be ideal this Summer time to sit outside and enjoy the beer garden, or even over the Christmas period for a cosy feel to enjoy satisfying, hearty food.