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“A wonderful new experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dorrington Old Hall Persian Cuisine

Dorrington Old Hall Persian Cuisine
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Dorrington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $25
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Buffet, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Persian influenced fusion Cuisine - first for the county - at the elegant Black and White, timber framed, building that dates back to the 13th Century; contemporary atmosphere, with a present-day décor, pleasing to the eye. Cuisine renowned for its elaborate rice dishes, delicious kababs, nourishing soups and hearty stews. Persians delicately flavour their food with herbs, spices and dried fruits. A variety of nan-like breads supplement rice.
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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182 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“A wonderful new experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

We'd heard from friends (and Trip Advisor reviews) how good the Persian food was at the Old Hall, Dorrington so decided to give it a try ... and were very glad we did! We opted for the 3 course buffet and the phrase which immediately came to mind on finishing my excellent meal was “packed with flavours”! The starters were so tasty, simply more-ish .. two lovely dips with the thinnest yet largest Nan breads to use as scoops. Ijlal, the owner and master chef, has a genuinely welcoming and friendly manner and happily explained the contents and cooking methods of each course available at the buffet tables. From memory, there were two rice dishes, two chicken dishes, a lamb dish and numerous different vegetable dishes. Every meal option was simply delicious and oozed lovely flavours. Only one was slightly spicy – and it was absolutely delicious too. The buffet even includes three delicious Persian puddings and a fruit salad. The buffet was so delicious we went for seconds, and I even observed one elderly couple going back for thirds and fourths!! The main restaurant is tastefully decorated and is a calm and relaxing place to eat in. There is ample parking in the large car park at the rear of the restaurant. As for costs - great value at just over £60 for three adults including one round of drinks! We will definitely be returning – often!

Visited November 2012
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English first
Shrewsbury
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“Excellent food and wonderful service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

As we went through the entrance door we were met by the chef who happened to be passing. He stopped and greeted us warmly and asked about our experience of Persian food. We told him we knew nothing and he delightfully told us the history. He then went on to explain that it was buffet night and we'd have dips to start and we could go up and taste many different dishes. We were then led to a delightful room and our drinks order was taken. Once seated at our table we were given our starters, both the dips and olives were amazing. After which we were then taken to another smaller room and the chef himself greeted us and explained the dishes he had cooked. We were then left to choose what we wanted. I personally had a little of most of the dishes. The taste of each dish leaves you speechless, there's so many different tastes going on all at once. I've never tasted food like this in all my life, I'm 39. You have to go and try it so that you have an understanding of what I mean. The service was wonderful and staff were cheerful and eager to please. We'll definitely be going again, I only hope its sooner rather than later!!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marie B
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Shrewsbury
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73 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Nicely Spiced & Tasty!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

I would have given this a 5 star rating but for the slightly "awkward" welcome and introduction to the menu. We arrived through the 2 entrance doors and guessed we were in the right room as there was a bar - but no staff at all, so we waited at the bar for about 4-5 mins. then a lady appeared, I mentioned we had booked and gave my name, which which she said she knew, but no personal welcome, we were asked if we had been before, which we hadn't, and so was suggested we have the "sample buffet" - can't quite remember exact wording she used, which we agreed to - but no further explanation of exactly what it entailed, or the "format" of how it was to be served etc. We were shown to our table and shortly after the 3 x appetizers arrived, hummous, aubergine dip and olives and tomatoes together with nice bread - the best "dips" I have tasted! - very exceptional. We were then ushered to join some other diners in another room where the chef talked us through each dish individually, all very nice and enthusiastic (but it's difficult to remember about 13 or so dishes, but a nice selection!) we were then handed some plates and helped ourselves to whatever we wanted and returned to our table. Simply summed up this was very tasty and nicely spiced food, complimented by an exceptional spiced rice (among others) - it would be doing it a dis-service to suggest you compared it to curries, as this is definitely not comparible to regular curry fare. Restaurant is simply decorated without silly ornaments or pictures, nice linen tablecloths, and linen napkins which is nice to see in this day and age of all things paper! - I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting something a little different, and I will definitely be returning myself.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ShropsFoody
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Ijlaljan, Owner at Dorrington Old Hall Persian Cuisine, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Dear ShropsFoody

Many thanks for the kind review. Your point taken Sir and apologies offered! Nonetheless, I would like to assure you that under usual circumstances our welcome is cordial and personal. We are family run with minimal staff and occasionally when we are behind with dinner service (due to whatever reason), front of the house staff gives us a hand in kitchen too, hence her absence with the first guests on that evening!

However, this is no excuse and we are striving to get better all the time; therefore we are grateful to you for a constructive review.

We look forward to seeing you again, soon.

Kind regards

Lal and the brief team!
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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“Wish I lived nearer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

I visited on Sunday evening, and there was nothing negative about this place, not many customers on a Sunday but who cares when the food is this tasty and Chef is so enthusiastic and welcoming. Wonderful unusual food created in an authentic way. We had the taster menu which was amazing value for money, especially enjoyed the Aubergine dip, homemade hummus, lamb stew and chicken stew (stew is not really a good word to use it seems to devalue it) flatbread was ace too. Lal the chef is also one of the nicest people you could wish to meet. Go and give it a try its like going to your best friends house who is a top chef.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SternDaleDerby
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1 review
“Tasty authentic food, great intimate atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

Arrived without booking

Nice tranquil atmosphere upon entry, polite welcome.

Shown the two menus, a standard a la carte menu and a banquet taster (set menu).
Decided on the banquet as there was an array of dishes and starters for £16 pp.

Served very quickly and impressed by the authentic flavours, followed by the main which was equally as impressive.

The chef even popped over and checked to see if we had enjoyed the meal - a resounding yes.

Will be recommending and going again

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AKPaul
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