This was a visit with relatives for a family birthday - someone particularly interested in heritage trains, old stations and good food. Ironbridge is a wonderful area for retracing our industrial past and we enjoyed the day, despite the rain. The restaurant was to top off the day in an appropriate location - the former station. We were so glad we chooose D'arcys; its essential to book, either the 6.00 sitting or the 8.00 in order to get in, its popularity has spread and quite rightly so. This felt more like a real continental restaurant to us, a smallish but intriguing menu and a few specialities on the day. Everything was very tasty, full of flavour and lots of it. For veggies, the Moroccan vegetable pie with cashew nuts and chick peas was a very welcome change and truely vegetarian food compared to most dishes which just remove the meat or fish element. The others enjoyed their chicken in different varieties, all saying how good it was. We had starters, but to be honest, the mains came each with its own salad bowl as well pasta (granted a small amount) and saute potatoes, so we really didn't need it. Neither did we have room for desserts. The proportions are so generous that they seem to be doing themselves out of a few courses, unless you have giant appetites, I would suggest they stick to either potatoes or pasta maybe or ask which you prefer. This is hardly a gripe and I suppose part of the very efficient running of the place (and it is) comes from restricting some choices in this way, a la continental dining places again. The coffee we ended with was very good quality and came with an amaretto biscuit, much appreciated if you don't have dessert, but just want a sweet note with the coffee - it came beautifully served too. All in all, we would heavily recommend D'arcys and advise you book as early as possible. If you go for the 6o'clock sitting, get there beforehand, there was a rush to get to table as the doors opened at 6.oo, so keen was everyone to get in and get served!
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