This is high end classical fine dining at its very best, with superb, friendly and warm service. I ate here several years back, and I clearly remember the maitre d' making me feel very welcome, and he did exactly the same again yesterday. He even offered to show me the kitchen after the meal, but I had to pass because my taxi was waiting. Most definitely the friendliest 3 star restaurant I have been to! And it's looking good after its refurb in February - very cool, calm and relaxing shades in the dining room.
Here's my report on the food...
First I must mention the delicious bread and butter, particularly the onion and bacon brioche and a divine wheaten bread which exceeded my memories of wheaten from my Ulster childhood.
The amuse bouche was a delicate bowl of tomato essence, baby tomatoes and cucumber - the perfect summer introduction to the meal and the skill of the kitchen.
My starter was a fine summery confit salmon and fennel tart, which, although it looked more "rustic" than a traditional 3 star dish, was delicious and flavoursome, and reminded me of Provence. My partner had a good fig and smoked duck salad.
My main was rabbit loin (fantastically moist and tender), wrapped in Bayonne ham and accompanied by a fragrant lentil salad and turnip puree. Really good! The husband had a wonderful dish of cumbrian mutton which was so lean and tender.
Then we both had banana parfait with peanut butter and chocolate which was good, but I found the peanut butter element a bit heavy and clawing, although this was overcome by a glass of Jurancon 2010.
With top quality ingredients and excellent skills from the kitchen, plus the superb service, the £55 lunch menu was good value. The wines though are expensive, but very good.
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