The Townhouse – Arnold


I’ve been to The Townhouse a few times on client meetings for a quick drink but have never eaten. It’s been on my radar for nearly a year, so when a friend suggested dinner this week, I jumped at the chance to go here.

It’s situated on Front Street, the main road in Arnold. The car park directly behind this offers 2 hours of free parking, which makes it fantastic for people that have to drive.

The interior is very modern and spacious, giving me the impression of a hotel lobby. It was extremely welcoming and even though we arrived in the evening it was light and airy. The chairs were super comfy, a must for me with my bad back.

We grabbed a couple of drinks and had a lovely chat with a couple of staff members. They offer Frizzenti (an Italian sparking wine that tastes EXTREMELY like Prosecco) on tap at £2.50 a glass, ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. It’s perfect for a girly night out!

The menu is large, but it doesn’t seem to diminish the quality of the food.

My friend and I both went for the Monday – Wednesday early bird menu. With 2 courses for £9.99 and 3 for £12.94 it was a no brainier. We were hungry and the food coming out looked fantastic!

My friend went for the chicken liver pate. It came with caramelised onion and ale chutney, a large chunk of toasted ciabatta and butter.

I opted for the tempura squid, with rocket and a coriander and chilli dipping sauce. The batter was crisp and the squid was cooked perfectly. The sauce was drizzled on the plate and to be honest there wasn’t enough for the large portion. It tasted like bottled chilli sauce and there wasn’t coriander in sight! It was really tasty though and I would definitely have it again.

For main, I went for the Harvest pale ale battered haddock fillet, but opted for gravy instead of mushy peas. The chips were fantastic. Hot, crisp and perfectly seasoned. The fish batter was delicious too, although the fish was a little dense and didn’t flake easily. The gravy was rich and thick, exactly how I like it.

My friend went for the 6oz black Angus rump steak, with a peppercorn sauce, chips and salad. It was cooked perfectly as she requested, medium rare, and was very enjoyable.

Even though we were both pretty full, we decided on the classic sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce for dessert. I went for custard and my friend had the ice cream. The pudding was huge, way too much for a normal person (but I am not normal!) it was deliciously spongy and full of flavour. The butterscotch sauce was lovely too. I gobbled mine up but it defeated my friend!

I would definitely return to sample more of the menu, it was cooked well, fantastic value for money and the staff were brilliant. Even going off menu with both gravy and custard wasn’t an issue, which I really liked. At under £13 for a 3 course meal (before 6.45pm) it is fantastic. At that price, if you’re not driving, you can have a few glasses of their ‘prosecco’.


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