For me, Sundays have always been about spending the day with loved ones and taking trips out to different corners of the Cotswolds. There are three key elements to what makes up my perfect Sunday – adventure, lots of laughter and plenty of good food and drink. Not necessarily a roast, but if you are looking for somewhere a little bit special that can offer delicious food and beautiful setting, let me tell you about Wellington Sunday at The Lygon Arms in Broadway.
(AD – our meals were kindly gifted in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and my love for Sunday lunch is real.)
I have walked past this building so many times when visiting Broadway, but have never made it through the beautiful wooden doors. I’m used to admiring it from afar, so you can imagine my excitement when I finally stepped inside for the first time.
I’m not sure what I expected, but it exceeded all of them – whatever they were!
I’m glad I put on my best shoes for this Sunday outing, after all, it’s not often I dine in such an exquisite setting. Traditional with a twist, there are so many gorgeous pieces of art and décor to catch your eye as you walk in. I mean, we sat down and couldn’t take our eyes off the gallery wall and lighting. Absolutely stunning.
We were looked after by the lovely Lucy, who sat us down at our table in the centre of the room and informed us about what was on the menu.
For once, I knew exactly what I came for and what I wanted (the Wellington Sunday), but I looked anyway to see if something else could tempt me. There is something for everyone, but not too much choice. Less is more.
Surrounded by couples and families, it reminded me of the importance of Sunday lunch. Gathering around the table, making conversation (that isn’t via a digital device), eating and drinking until you can’t fit in another bite… but then you find an extra bit of room for pudding round 2. All you need is two simple ingredients – good company and good food. If you have that, then you’re onto a winner in my eye.
After ordering our drinks (Dan went for a beer and I opted for a refreshing glass of rosé from Three Choirs Vineyard), we were served some scrumptious seeded bread to keep us going (they must have heard our growling bellies!)
Despite plenty of delicious starters on offer, our rumbling stomachs were telling us that we wanted to skip straight to the main course. We don’t mess about!
The sirloin dish came a close second, as it looked like the closest thing to a roast, but of course we opted for the star of the show, the Scottish Beef Wellington.
Although we did order a side of moreish skin on fries to share whilst we waited…
It is a typical Cotswolds celebration of local food and drink. The menu is carefully crafted using locally sourced, fresh produce.
There were flows of people coming through to enjoy Sunday lunch, some who were obviously regulars and some who were perhaps staying at the hotel. We eyed up the dishes served around us, looking out for any ‘Beef Welly’ that passed us by whilst we waited for our turn.
We didn’t have to wait long.
Accompanied by locally sourced seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes, I also ordered a side of honey glazed carrots which sounded delicious.
With Peppercorn, Red wine and Béarnaise sauces to choose from, we both opted for the latter.
The beef was a perfect red wine colour, wrapped up in a golden coat of pastry, and the vegetables were cooked beautifully. Oh and the roast potatoes? I wouldn’t want to compare them to my Mum’s homemade ones but… I’ll stop there as Mum, I know you’ll be reading this!
It’s very rare (get it, rare!) that I opt for Beef Wellington, especially as I’m a classic Sunday roast kinda gal, but The Lygon Arms have won me over and now all I can think about is when I’m going to return to devour it again.
Wellington Sunday at The Lygon Arms is available 12noon till 3pm every Sunday. You can check out the menu here.
What makes a perfect Sunday for you?