We recently ate at Harry’s whilst spending the weekend in Ross-on-Wye, having visited the Chase Hotel (where the restaurant is situated) during the day for afternoon tea. We had a look at the menu and it looked very good, so we booked a table for the evening and planned to return.
All in all, we were not disappointed! The menu is Table d’Hote, but very extensive, with a number of dishes available at a supplementary rate on top of the set price (£22 for two courses and £27.50 for three). There is also an impressive wine list, plus a selection of bin ends at excellent prices (clearly marked as such on the menu, despite the previous reviewer’s comments!)
The restaurant is elegantly furnished and decorated in a fairly contemporary style, and there was quiet music playing in the background. Unfortunately, on the evening that we visited (Easter Sunday), there were only two other tables occupied, both of which left shortly after we arrived, as we tend to eat quite late, so we effectively had the restaurant to ourselves! That said, the staff could not have been better – striking the right balance between attentiveness and leaving us to enjoy our food without constant interruptions.
The food was absolutely excellent, with a lot of choice and a range of local ingredients. I opted for a Hereford cheese soufflé with real ale chutney and my partner had a game terrine. For main course, I had an unusual dish of chicken with mango, and my partner had noisettes of lamb, which came served with pan fried lamb’s liver and was a meat-lover’s dream as it had two noisettes plus two sizeable pieces of liver! We also had a selection of vegetables to share. All of the food was absolutely excellent (as you would expect, with having the chef’s undivided attention!) and we would have loved a dessert, but sadly were too full! We also had a bottle of very nice Chilean Merlot to complement our meal.
Afterwards, we were offered a drink in the lounge bar, which once again was nicely furnished and very pleasant. The restaurant and lounge are also worth a visit during the day as the hotel is in a beautiful location and has lovely gardens.
Aside from a slight lack of atmosphere due to the emptiness of the restaurant, we could not fault our evening. The food, wine and service were all excellent and we would definitely return. Particular mention must go to our waiter, Jack, who was outstanding and is a credit to the restaurant, and really made the evening for us.
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