Ate here on Saturday lunch time as we considered this was a special place after reading reviews for his birthday lunch. We have been here once previously, our 2nd wedding anniversary 11 years ago and found the dining experience to be a memorable one.
If I am honest, I found it more memorable from our first experience, however this maybe due to evening dining in a "booth" on the ground floor, romantic ambient lighting, I recall the food surpassed all expectations.
Upon arrival, we were the only diners at 1pm, which felt a little awkward as the upstairs part of the restaurant whilst quirky is very "open plan" and we felt self conscious as it was very quiet!
The menu covers a variety of options to suit all palettes alongside a "specials" board. For this calibre of restaurant I expected my napkin to be placed on my lap for me, however I am now nit picking because you couldn't fault the place.
Ordered a glass of merlot each £5.50 per glass. I opted for truffle scrambled egg with asparagus which arrived on a slate with shaven parmigiana. Beautiful asparagus - not sure about the truffle scrambled egg as a starter! My husband opted for confit chicken with black pudding and piccalilli - this looked superb on the plate and tasted amazing.
Mains, for me stone bass with black pudding mash - the fish very tasty, quite a sweet fish. My husband ordered from the special board Yorkshire wold beef, spinach with pine nuts and oxtail. Again looked impressive, the oxtail served in breadcrumbs - very tasty. Neither of us had room for desert - although at £7 - £8 each just as well!
The bathroom was clean, nice to see quality paper towels for your hands and lovely Molton Brown hand wash and cream.
The bill a cool £75 including 10% service charge. The front of house stated we didn't have to pay the service charge which we opted out of and left £5 tip for the waitress instead otherwise we were informed she would not see it!
Would I return? Yes during the evening next time.
If you are calling for lunch - no need to book. We were there until 2.20 pm and only 2 other tables were taken.
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