About The Boat Inn Lichfield
Found in Lichfield, The Boat Inn is a fine dining restaurant which opened its doors in 2017 under the guidance of owner and chef patron, Liam Dillon. The restaurant boasts a cosy and comforting dining room, which is stylish without feeling pretentious – think a calming grey colour palette that’s juxtaposed with a few quirky touches such as deer antler chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
There are two dining areas for guests to choose from, with the restaurant’s open kitchen visible from both. The best seats in the house though are undoubtedly at the Chef’s Table, which is situated directly in front of the open kitchen and features just six seats where lucky guests can watch their food being prepared in front of their very eyes.
Chef Dillon, who has previous experience working in the kitchens of renowned restaurants such as Tom Sellers’ Restaurant Story, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and New York’s Eleven Madison Park, offers up an à la carte, as well as a multi-course tasting menu. Dillon’s menus are inspired by his time working in Australia, where he found there was a stripped-back approach to cooking which championed using premium ingredients in simple ways to really show off their flavour. The influence is obvious in ingredient-led dishes such as crab with pear and leek, or roast hake with mashed potato, brown shrimp and spinach. There are more decadent options too though, including rib of beef or Chateaubriand, both of which come from The Boat Inn’s dry aging cabinets and are served with hand-cut chips and your choice of sauce.
Desserts are enticing too, with options ranging from simply assemblies such as Lichfield strawberries with shortbread and burnt hay ice cream, to more indulgent offerings like carrot cake with butter icing and rum and raisin ice cream. If you fancy some post-prandial drinks, The Boat Inn boasts a selection of fine wines and fizz, and while dinner here isn’t exactly a cheap eat, pricing is fair for the standard on show – there’s also a great value set lunch menu for those with a budget in mind, as well as hearty roasts on a Sunday.