Just arrived home (July 10th) after visiting The Central for a cinema evening. The restaurant is slightly off the beaten track but well worth the effort. We dined from the summer evening menu. For starters (which was served before the film) I had the pigeon breast served with pearl barley, spinach, pancetta & blackberry vignette and jelly - the pigeon was cooked to perfection and the vignette & jeely worked exceptionally well with the pearl barley & pancetta. My daughter had the pan fired scallops with homemade black pudding, butternut squash puree & crisp Serrano ham - they were described as scrumptious. For mains (which we enjoyed whilst watching our chosen film) I chose the Pan Fried Chicken supreme, thyme roasted pink fir potatoes, baby carrots, chargrilled courgettes, broad bean puree and roasting juices - the chicken was so moist, it was divine, the whole dish worked so well and the juices made the combination perfect. My daughter opted for the fish dish, crispy beer battered crayfish & smoked haddock, paprika dusted whitebait and moules marineire authentically served in newspaper (tarter sauce was requested) - another success!! We were too full for dessert - but we were extremely tempted. The young girl looking after us was very attentive without being intrusive. I would most definately visit The Central again & highly reccommend it to others. Visit their web site and see what films they are showing or just pop along and enjoy the food. The Central isn't quite central, but it is definately worth the stroll. "Compliments to the Chef".
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