New menus launched at Hencote

One of Shropshire’s most popular restaurants has launched mouth-watering new menus for the autumn season.

The View at Hencote says its new lunch and a la carte menus offer a subtle change of direction for the award-winning Shrewsbury venue under the direction of new head chef Phil Lye.

General manager Mark Stevens said the menus combined both modern British and classic French cuisine and reflected the restaurant’s ambition for a new approach.

“We are delighted to have been able to promote Phil from within our own team and he has set his sights on Hencote achieving rosettes for its food in the near future.

“Given the restrictions over the course of the last year, we wanted to take some time to properly cultivate a new direction for our food.  With Phil’s appointment and the development of these new menus we believe we have done that.”

Mark said the lunch menu retained the classics from the pizza menu ‘by popular demand’, but was now more refined.

“Phil wanted to keep a familiarity to the menu by retaining an essence of the dishes that have grown to become Hencote classics, but elevating them to new heights. For example, the Ham Hock Croquettes have been refined by changing the recipe — all the elements individually are more pronounced and we’ve moved to a Ham Hock pressing — but the fan favourite sauce remains a prominent element of the dish. 

“The new a la carte menu is just the beginning of Phil’s goal for Hencote to achieve rosettes. There’s a new playfulness to elements of dishes, whether it be the addition of bacon jam to the Hencote Burger, or the charcoal emulsion and Chive oil complementing the Ironbridge Mousse.”

The dessert menu has also been refreshed by Hencote’s Chef de Partie, Isabel Cureton, with every dish a playful take on classic recipes.

Isabel particularly recommends the new Tea & Biscuits dish, which she says is a ‘high-end homage to the classic English bourbon biscuit, bringing a humorous new take on a classic childhood staple’. 

Mark said the new menus also reflected Hencote’s commitment to sourcing produce locally where possible.

To see the new menus and reserve a table visit