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“Excellent eating 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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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
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 UK
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Excellent eating experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

OK up front I have to agree with the previous reviewer re the service. I have eaten here many times and front of house is lacking in staff, and what staff there are, do not seem comfortable around people - I am guessing a cultural thing or I cut them slack for it... but could be improved a lot.

As for food what can I say this is not your average 13 pints and a curry. This is Persian cuisine and very good Persian cuisine at that. The buffet night offers access to a wide range of spiced delights from Iran and surrounding countries. The food is cooked simply as one might expect genuine home cooking in a Persian country. Simple does not mean cut corners and spicy does not mean hot, it means flavoursome. I am not a hot curry fan and nothing here was too hot for my taste buds. One dish who's name I could not even pronounce let alone remember, was made from lamb Legs cooked for hours in spices with preserved Limes. The meat fell of the bone and the limes provided an amazing taste explosion. Also the Naan bread as light as a feather - none of the usual stodgy rubbish you get elsewhere. Interesting fact the chef is actually a surgeon by training but it was his love of his home cuisine and cooking it that set him on the course. That level of commitment and love shows through in the food. Apparently if there are 8 or more people booking he will open for Sunday lunch or so I am told.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Windlesham
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Awards are not enough, front of house is important as well!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

We were recommended to this establishment and as it involved a birthday celebration we thought it would be worth a try. Our friends must have come mid week, because on Saturday evening there appeared to be a distinct lack of service available. Having been shown to our table by a member of the kitchen staff, we then proceeded to listen to surrounding tables implore for their drinks that they ordered on numerous occasions and finally an adjacent diner went to the bar to obtain her order. We, on the other hand chatted for 30 minutes between ourselves without any acknowledgement whatsoever from the staff, no menu was brought, no drinks order was taken and definitely no member of staff visited our table in the half hour we spent there.It was evident that things were not going to improve anytime soon, so we left to enjoy the excellent service and food at the Bridge Inn, just a few minutes down the road. I have no doubts, according to other reports that the food would have been OK, but some communication with one's patrons is useful when trying to build a business or when trying to keep a reputation.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Telford, United Kingdom
1 review
“perfect persian cuisine ... you will not be disappointed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

I had been meaning to try this restaurant for a couple of years and finally went last night with my family. Absolutely beautiful restaurant in a stunning location .. and that's before you even get to the food. The food was amazing . . . full of flavor and cooked to perfection. I think if Gordon Ramsey rocked up he would for once be speechless .. which is saying something!
A lovely relaxed friendly atmosphere, with top quality service from start to finish. I can not recommend this restaurant highly enough .. if you are entertaining family, out on a romantic evening or dining with friends you will not be disappointed. This is how a proper restaurant should be run .. with passion. Top marks A +++

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Craven Arms, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“First impressions of Dorrington Old Hall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013

My wife and I visited this restaurant last Saturday. Last time we at here, it was known as Country Friends, but times have changed and it is now spiced foods with a Persion twist. Over the last 30 years, we have eaten in many Indian, or Bangaladeshi restaurants in the South East. We were slightly curious as to what the Old Hall Persion food would be like. But if like us, you have slight reservations, don't worry. If you like spiced food, you will almost certainly like this. The extent of the spicing varies from mild to quite hot. Staff will willingly advise you. On a Saturday, a buffet is provided, and it is very good value. The same applies on other nights, if there are enough bookings. To book for a Saturday, the Chef advises that you do it no later than Thursday.
We had a really good and enjoyable meal and will be going back. The ratings below are based on the one visit only. Nevertheless,it was good and the Chef told us he had just won a regional award for Asian food, after having been runner up in previous years. We look forward to our next visit!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“back again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

a return visit, as a treat before going on a trip away. Food even tastier than I remembered, unique flavours, would visit every week if we could! The bread even bigger than before and makes any other nan or pitta seem dull. A warm welcome as always. Thank you.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sailorbird
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