Another visit to Clark's and this time for my mothers delayed birthday meal.
Upon entering, one person (customer) sat eating at the bar area, whilst a member of staff was working on a lap top, not a warm greeting! After walking further in, we were finally approached and asked if we had booked, after another uncomfortable pause we were asked if we'd like a drink at the bar or go to the table. Coats were then finally taken. This greeting is unfortunately not uncommon as it has happened at least 3 times I've visited (maybe I have one of those faces?)
A bit more enthusiasm really wouldn't hurt.
Onto the best part of Clark's, the food.
We ordered from both menus, the two course lunch and a la carte. Complimentary amouse bouch of artichoke and sage soup. My terrine of rabbit, ham hock and fois gras was moist and tasty spoilt only by the cling film and small piece of gristle I inadvertently bit into. My mothers ham hock terrine had an even larger piece of gristle although the egg was perfectly poached and asparagus tender.
We were asked only at the point of clearing if our meals had been ok. We said very tasty but! The lady in charge ( sorry I didn't get her name) was very apologetic and immediately took the cost of these items from the final bill. Having work in kitchens for almost 20 years I know these things can happen without malice and I'm sure Lee was equally disappointed this occurred.
Main courses were both beautifully cooked and presented. I had the beef "Cheek to Tail" and my mother the Cod with Pink Fir Potatoes and Crab. However, and this is my issue having had a problem with the starter, not a single member of staff came to check on the meal until after I had finished. I even had to get a member of staffs attention to get a drink and still wasn't asked.
Pre dessert was an interesting Green Apple Sorbet with Stilton and Granola, kudos to the kitchen for bringing one out without nuts, as on booking I had asked to be informed on any dishes containing them.
Desserts were delightful (once we'd asked for some cutlery) a moist chocolate fondant with well judged cardamom ice cream, not overpowering!
The Fallen Apple was beautiful in its artistry and a deight to eat and I can see why it and the fondant are mainstays of the menu.
The food is very good and outstanding value for money, they just need to tighten up on the front of house.
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