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by Tony Collins (subscribe)
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Published September 25th 2015
Georgian Splendour Provides Wonderful Country Pub Setting
You could tell that we were in for a dining out treat as soon as we approached the imposing country pub that is The Hedgehog on the outskirts of Lichfield.

The impressive red brick building stands in its own picturesque surroundings in a prominent location at the junction of Stafford Road and Eastern Avenue.

The Hedgehog, Lichfield, Vintage Inns
The imposing initial view of The Hedgehog

It was originally built in 1797 when it was known as Lyncroft House and, included among its first inhabitants, was the composer and music publisher Muzio Clementi, a friend of Mozart, who died in 1832.

When it became a country pub isn't exactly known, but in recent years the house has been beautifully restored at a cost of 1 million while still retaining its rural charm and rustic character.

The Hedgehog, Lichfield, Vintage Inns
The impressive frontage of the original Lyncroft House

The Georgian character of the old house includes the imposing portico which continues to provide an impressive entrance to the building while, inside, the rustic beams and open fireplaces all add to the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.

The Hedgehog, which is part of the Vintage Inns chain, enjoys commanding views across the neighbouring Staffordshire countryside, with a large garden and patio seating area to the front.

The Hedgehog, Lichfield, Vintage Inns
The view of the delightful gardens and beyond

It is a great place to sit quietly with a drink or eat a meal on warm, sunny days, but an equally pleasant spot awaits inside during the winter beside a roaring log-fire.

The Hedgehog, Lichfield
One of the cosy seating areas within The Hedgehog

Whatever the time of year, the country pub and restaurant has an impressive menu of hearty seasonal British food plus cask real ales or fine wines to enjoy in one of a variety of comfy seating areas.

On our lunchtime visit, I chose the Spicy Southern Fried Chicken served with a smoky tomato mayonnaise and chips, costing 6.50, while my wife opted for the Warm Chicken and Bacon Sandwich with lettuce and mayonnaise, served in a brown cob with chips or salad (5.50).

The Hedgehog, Lichfield
My delicious lunch of Spicy Southern Fried Chicken

Both were clearly freshly cooked and delicious, while we chose to wash our food down with a half pint of Blindside Flanker (a Rugby World Cup special?) and UBU respectively, bringing the total cost to just 16.

Visitors will be pleased to know that the pub, which is within sight of Lichfield's historic cathedral, has ample off-road parking.

The Hedgehog, Lichfield
The well-stocked bar area

And for those guests wishing to enjoy a longer visit, the pub also has a nine bedroom Innkeeper's Lodge.
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Why? A Delightful Country Setting For This Imposing Georgian Pub
When: All year
Phone: 01543 415789
Where: The Hedgehog, Stafford Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 8JB
Cost: 16 for lunch and drinks for 2
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