We visited Annie's for a Mother's Day lunch and this being our first visit and for a special occasion I was really hoping it would live up to all the great reviews I'd read so far. Initially we thought it was empty, as the upstairs is a lounge and bar area, but upon descending the stairs it soon became clear that it was buzzing and fully booked! The decor is understated but very tasteful, making a nice change from the ostentatious, 'showy' style which seems to be popular with restaurateurs right now (but is often a case of style over substance!) Lots of brown and cream, dark wood panels, subtle lighting and discreet wall art, giving it a relaxed, classy ambiance. The staff were all very pleasant, attentive and eager to please, with the exception of one waitress who seemed a little on the stern side, although I didn't think this was intentional. This was only a very minor criticism, however, and more than made up for by the enthusiasm of the other staff.
The food was spot on - for me a lovely salmon and shrimp mousse to start, followed by roast chicken with all the trimmings - this was absolutely faultless, with each element having been cooked to perfection and a very moreish gravy! My mother had scallops to start, which melted in the mouth apparently, and the roast chicken also and by all accounts this was excellent.
The portion sizes were well-judged, as was the waiting time, with just the right amount of time before and between meals. All in all an excellent meal and I hope to return soon, as the rest of the menu looked very appetising - especially the hot pot and three cheese and onion pie!
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