The Milton Arms, Elsecar Review

by - 20 December

*AD - Gifted Meal

 Last week I was invited back down to The Milton Arms in Elsecar, Barnsley but this time instead of doing the Cocktail Masterclass I tried out their new Winter food menu. I originally invited my mum along but once the rest of my closest family got a whiff of it they all lovingly invited themselves along. So 6 of us headed down there to see what was what.

The first thing we noticed when we arrived was the lovely lit-up Christmas tree outside and how warm and inviting it all looked, far from the cold and wintery night outside. We headed inside, ordered a round of drinks and got to our table. Inside the decor was also all Christmassy and a real fire was glowing away in the fireplace so we all felt very cosy. Next up was to order the food;

Now I will admit I had a quick look at the menu on their website earlier in the day to see what to expect. While the selection was smaller than most pub-type eateries, the food is all homemade which is something I definitely prefer as it just feels more personal. There was still a nice variety of meals to pick from too.

What We Ordered


I was torn between having the True North Ale Battered Fish & Chips or the Pan-Fried Salmon but in end picked the fish & chips and they did not disappoint! There was the option to have them with skinny fries, which I chose as I always prefer fries over chunky chips and most places don't have that option. I also picked mushy peas over garden peas which is another of my classic choices. I really really enjoyed my meal, the fish was a very good portion size (I ate more than I normally do) and it also came with a pot of tartar sauce and a lemon slice too which is always appreciated when I have fish & chips. It tasted lovely and the fries were a perfect bonus.

My brother (Sam) also had the fish & chips but he opted for the chunky fries and also with mushy peas.

My dad went for the Pan-Fried Lambs Liver which came with caramelised shallot gravy, crispy streaky bacon, wilted greens and creamed mashed potato.

My mum and my brother's partner (Lee) went for the Slow Braised Shin Of Beef Bourguignon which was in a rich red wine sauce, baby onions, bacon lardons, pomme puree and glazed carrots.

My boyfriend (Alex) went for the 21 Day Aged Beef Burger which is served in a brioche bun with baby gem lettuce, beef tomato, burger relish, red slaw and skinny fries.

 In terms of drinks that we had, I went with the classic pint of Pepsi as did Sam. Alex went for Soya Latte (They have a variety of dairy-free milk which is always a bonus). My mum had her classic of a medium Pinot Grigio. My dad and Lee both went for a pint of Erdinger beer which for my dad was followed by the non-alcoholic bottled version as he was the designated driver. Lee said that it is his favourite beer and he doesn't come across it very often in pubs, so the fact that they have both the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic version can only be a great thing.

You can find their menu here.

The Desserts

Now me and my brother both have a sweet tooth so we couldn't leave the night without having had a dessert each. We both went for the sticky toffee pudding which was served with butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. For me personally, it is the best sticky toffee pudding I've ever had and the butterscotch sauce really added that extra yummy flavour. Sam also said it was one of the best he has ever had too. Lee had a dessert too but he went with the Double Chocolate Brownie & Honeycomb Ice Cream with pouring cream. He said that he enjoyed it as well.

Overall, we thought the presentation of the meals and the desserts was lovely and everyone really enjoyed their food. The staff were friendly and very attentive, asking us if we needed anything else and checking that everything was okay with our food. We will all definitely be back in the future!

     So, have you ever been to The Milton Arms? and if so, what did you think and if not which meal would you pick from what we had? Let me know in the comments below and while you are here why not check out more food & drink related posts?  

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