Every time I have visited Clays I think "I really should write a review" but then never get around to it. This time I am determined to do so as it really is worthy of praise.
My Mother moved to Broseley around 18 months ago and Clays happily became her local restaurant. She had visited previously, having lived in the wider area for over 40 years and was very complimentary. As she is notoriously difficult to please this is praise indeed! Clays is now our go-to for celebratory meals and Sunday lunches and I try to make a booking whenever I am visiting the area.
It is a small, welcoming restaurant offering unpretentious, friendly service, a good selection of wine and truly exceptional food. It is certainly the best food I have eaten in Shropshire and is consistently excellent. Led by husband and wife team David and Trudy you can be sure of a warm welcome and the pleasant and attentive waiting staff make for a relaxed dining experience. There are around 6 tables upstairs next to the kitchen, further tables outside on the terrace for al-fresco dining in the summer months and a large basement area for bigger parties.
Meals always start with Trudy's fresh homemade bread (which is wonderful) and olives or an inventive amuse-bouche. Carafes of water are provided on the tables and there is a good selection of non-alcoholic drinks as well as an interesting wine list offering a range to suit all budgets. The menu changes regularly so there is always something new to try and the flavour combinations are wonderful. There is always a good selection of meat, poultry, fish and vegetable dishes using local produce and unusual ingredients. The desserts are always fantastic too and their sticky toffee pudding has quite a cult following (so much so that they now offer it to take away). They regularly have homemade ice cream or sorbets accompanying poached pears, homemade sponges and tarts. On Sunday we had Trudy's lemon meringue pie which was the best I have ever tasted (other than my Grandmother's and she was a master baker).
Clays truly is a gem in Broseley's crown and reason alone to visit the unassuming Shropshire town which has plenty to entertain any visitor for a day or weekend. We are very lucky to have such an excellent restaurant in the village and we will continue to visit regularly.
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