My husband and I dined here last night on a very wet, cold and windy Wednesday but when we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly waitress who gave a choice of seats within the restaurant. We instantly felt comfortable in our surroundings.
We did go through the bar area to get to the restaurant - not sure if there is any other entrance? - but as a first time visitor in the rain we went for the first door we saw! I read an earlier review of someone complaining that everyone in the bar stared at them when they arrived but we got nothing but smiles from the bar patrons.
We were dining here after it was recommended by my parents who'd had a fantastic Sunday dinner a few weeks before and we were very happy we came! The menu is varied and they also have a specials board - for us a great sign because so many chefs now stick to the one standard menu which makes the chef appear lazy and set in their ways (to us anyway!) but the chef at the Station Hotel clearly likes things fresh!
My husband took pepper pot mushrooms served on ciabatta bread as a starter and I took the chicken pakora. My husband loved his mushrooms and probably would have liked a slightly larger portion. My pakora was okay but I didn't feel like it had a huge amount of flavour by itself. That said when it was combined with the amazing side dip it was lovely. I had a huge portion of pakora but a very small serving of the dip so it was a little disappointing to run out before I'd finished all the chicken.
The main courses were huuuuuuuge though and absolutely brilliant value for money! I had the scallops with black pudding and breaded pork belly squares, served with mash potato, apple sauce and a lovely light sauce (around £18) it was such a large portion I couldn't eat it all! Only slightly negative things I would say about the dish was that I didn't care too much for the pork belly being breaded but I just removed this and a few of the scallops still had a lot of the chewy side membrane attached which wasn't too nice but overall the dish was yummy and wouldn't put me off getting it again.
My husband by far had the best dish of the night though! He took the fillet steak with foie gras, cabbage and mashed potato with a porcini mushroom and port sauce (around £29) The Fillet was by far the largest we have ever been served in a restaurant, cooked perfectly medium/rare and presented with two very generously sized pieces of foie gras. He was a little worried about spending so much on the one dish and it not being as good as he was hoping for but I now know every time we visit here this is what he will order - and we will definitely be back!
Our meal consisted of 2 starters, two of the most expensive main courses on the menu, a glass of orange juice and 2 pints of lager it and the total bill was around £66. An amount we were very happy to pay for an overall enjoyable night.
We were very impressed with the waiting staff - we were served by both a waiter and waitress at various times and both of them did the Station Hotel proud.
We are already planning our next trip.
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