Went to the Priory for lunch on a Monday between Christmas and New Year. The Christmas lunch menu was no longer available and the usual weekday lunch menu was £35 instead of £25, not sure why. Anyway, had drinks and canapés (canapés included in the £35) before lunch (cheese straws, olives and mini fishcakes) in a lovely room overlooking the garden, but unfortunately no atmosphere, felt a bit like a drs waiting room. After the canapés we were escorted through to the dining room. We were offered a lovely selection of bread, all of which was described to us in detail, and which was warm and delicious – there was lots (I think 12 rolls between 4 of us), again included in the £35. Celeriac amuse-bouche was served first, which was a nice surprise and included in the £35 – delicious! I had quail to start, which was ok (others enjoyed, just average down to my personal taste I think). Butternut squash risotto for main was very tasty if not a little over-seasoned. Dessert was banana soufflé with rum & raisin ice cream – delicious! The service was excellent – all of the food we were served was described to us in detail. Coffee and petit fours served after the meal – the petit fours consisted of individual lemon posset with fresh blackberry, peanut brittle, sesame seed brittle, peanut nougat, lemon madeleine’s – beautifully presented and again, delicious! The only criticism would be the lack of atmosphere (unfortunately in the dining room as well), a little background music would be nice, although maybe a that would be just too much for some of the stuffy characters eating here!
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