CSons is an exciting new place in Shrewsbury.
The name is a bit awkward, but it’s run by four Crouch brothers (the CSons) who have come from their own foodie backgrounds to create something special.
Initially a brek/lunch cafe, it is now open a few evenings a week.
We were dragged along last Saturday, and although a long way from Aber, we had to pass on this new gem.
The menu is very interesting.
Let’s not mess about here, these are reasonable prices.
Starters £6 Mains £13 Puds £6
With only four options for each course, it is refreshingly simple, too.
And the menu changes frequently.
The renovated pub is a lovely light space and not too bright.
There were four of us, so we ordered each of the starters.
Salt fish fritter, blood orange aioli
Chilli chicken tortilla broth
Remembered Hills blue, marinated kale, apples, walnut
Pork gyoza, toban djan dipping sauce, pickles
As you can see, these are interesting and generous starters, with plenty of potent ingredients
The fish, in particular, was huge. My pork gyoza avoided greasiness and the dipping sauce had plenty of kick.
That kale & blue cheese salad was a blast of summer, and slices of tortilla in a chicken broth made Bethan very happy.
After a perfectly timed pause, our mains arrived.
Again, we had all four options between us.
Cauliflower, brocolli, poached egg, soy chilli seeds and nuts
Rare knuckle steak, honey and soy salsa verde, lentil, brocolli
Seared mackerel, potatoes, capers, olives, onions, anchovy chilli salad
Chermoula roast pork, potatoes, cauliflower, lemon
Here they have cleverly used cheaper, flavourful ingredients and cooked them well with interesting flavours.
The rare knuckle steak was soft & tasty, and the salsa, lentils and broccoli made it a substantial treat.
The richness of the poached eggs made the vegetables sing, the chermoula brought a hint of North Africa to the pork belly, and mackerel was zinged up with the chilli, capers and anchovy (very fishy!).
The portions, again, were very generous.
I didn’t like sticky toffee pudding at school – too sweet – but this was a revelation.
The treacle gave it a deep kick, the pudding so soft and rich, the whipped cream so, err, creamy.
The chocolate tart was a high cocoa delight, the apricot just adding a tang of fruit and texture.
The drinks are thoughtful and well-priced too.
Interesting cocktails (Marmalade Collins, £6), a few fine bottled beers, and a wine list that starts at £15, and ends at £24 the bottle, with most of it available by the glass.
We were very pleased with our Marlborough Sauvingnon Blanc (£22) and South African Shiraz (£17).
So much so, we had another bottle of the white to help us feel less full.
Service was very friendly and efficient, and we spoke to most of the staff at some point.
The red-headed girl was not at all fazed by four tired and emotional middle-aged people.
As we left they told us about their forthcoming Peruvian & Japanese themed evening, and our Shrewbury-based friends were a little smug about it.
I would love to have CSons as my local restaurant – especially as they offer similar menus at lunch time for a few more quid off.
If you’re in Shrewsbury, you must go.
8 Milk Street