Don't rush to this restaurant. Our visit was very disappointing. I think the positive comments on Tripadvisor must be their friends - the negatives are far more accurate. The plus points are they do appear to source all food locally and it is cooked OK....but it is boring and presented poorly. There is no imagination in the presentation. Having just watched some of Celebrity Masterchef, I am pretty sure Les Dennis could cook better (or even Les Dawson if still alive). I had tempura courgettes as a starter. Bits of courgette, deep fried in batter on a plate with a simple salad thrown on. My wife had beetroot paella which just looked like a pink rice pudding with a cheese wafer stuck in it. Won't bore you with the main courses but the desserts were equally poor. I had an upside down fruit sponge with a dollop of ice cream on it and 4 raspberries, placed at each corner of the plate. Hardly inspirational. My wife had peach fritters. It looked like scampi thrown on a plate with another dollop of ice cream Sure, it was all home made but the lack of visual creativity made it like a meal you could quickly make at home.
The 3 course meal cost us £115 and we only had a glass of wine each, one gin and 2 tonics plus some water. Seems a bit steep. The coffees were served with inedible petit fours.
What was worse, there were only 2 other couples there (on a Saturday night!) and the atmosphere was awful. The environment is depressing unless you like eating in a dark room with artexed walls that is in urgent need of modernising.
Overall, the business appears to lack capital. The chef can probably cook but does not have enough staff to be creative. The lack of money is emphasised by using a premium 0845 number for bookings - I've never known of another restaurant do this. Unsurprisingly, there was an additional charge for using a credit card.
Very poor value for food. There are many other much better (creative) restaurants in the area offering excellent value. This is a place to be avoided.
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