We came here for my husband's birthday attracted by the fact that it has an excellent array of seafood and a dress policy designed to keep standards up. (Quote from their website "We ask that gentlemen wear long-sleeved shirts, no open-toed shoes and no sportswear whilst dining at Wiltons".) The whole experience was excellent and we had a great evening even though the bill for three courses for two people came to just over £300. The service was polite and discreet, with the waitresses wearing outfits reminiscent of Lyons Tea Rooms, and the room elegant and quiet (no piped music). The main reason for coming here though is the food - excellent quality ingredients cooked in a pitch perfect way with no faddish techniques (not a foam or gel to be seen - hurray!). We tried the Colchester native oysters and smoked eel as starters and both showcased the high quality ingredients. For our main courses, we had turbot and halibut, each grilled, with some spinach and green beans on the side. The fish cooking was spot on, with the lemon on the side in muslin, something I haven't seen in a restaurant for a long while. Desserts are of the English nursery variety (rhubarb crumble with proper custard and sherry trifle) and very well-executed. We had two glasses of champagne to celebrate the birthday and a bottle of Puilly Fuisse (more than we usually pay for a bottle of wine but it went so well with the seafood). Everything about this restaurant is stylish and classy it was hard to find any fault - perhaps the vegetable portions are on the small side and perhaps the tables are a little close together but its hard to criticise anything else. For a special occasion when you don't mind paying a bit more than usual, and a classic English food experience, this restaurant is difficult to beat.
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