IT’S a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.
When Acton Trussell’s Moat House Hotel won the prestigious Taste of Staffordshire award for the county’s best breakfast, the Newsletter just had to check it out.
So - in the best traditions of investigative journalism - chief reporter Sarah Marshall and recent recruit Alison Thomas headed for the hotel’s stylish Conservatory restaurant to make some in-depth enquiries.
An hour later we waddled out again (complete with a croissant smuggled out in Sarah’s handbag for the starving troops back in the office) and were delighted to report that the Moat House lives up to the hype.
The hotel, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, has amassed a series of awards. And its latest prize is well merited.
We tucked into Tamworth bacon and sausages, fresh eggs from the nearby Acton Hill Farm, mushrooms, tomato, hash brown and crispy fried bread, and washed it down with piping hot coffee (freshly ground Colombian).
That caffeine hit was perfect for warding off post-breakfast somnolence. And the whole experience was a welcome change from our normal morning fare of a cereal bar for Sarah and toast-on-the-hoof for Alison.
Restaurant supervisor Sam Chapman says cooked breakfasts are always a big hit with their weekday clientele of business guests, while tourists and wedding parties enjoy the regional specialities, such as Staffordshire oatcakes with cheese and bacon.
“It’s a great hangover cure,” said Sam, aged 24, from Doxey, who has worked at the Moat House for nearly eight years.
“Wedding parties usually pile into the restaurant just before 10am and work their way through the menu.”
The finishing touch to a great meal is the hotel’s setting, next to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal and its population of ducks and swans, who have evidently decided they are onto a good thing living next to the Moat House.
Was it just our imaginations, or are they really too fat to fly?
*What’s your favourite breakfast? Let us know.