I live in Peterborough and The Waterhouse had been on my list for a while. For one reason or another, it took me more than a year after they opened to try it.
Aesthetically, the restaurant is wonderful. Situated right on the Nubanusit tucked in Depot Square in downtown Peterborough, it's a wonderful location. The bar and dining room are quiet intimate spaces, with simple wooden floors and the art is mostly local landscape photography. There is also outdoor seating on the patio, which overlooks the river.
I had the wild boar bolognese, which was very good. The other things tried by the small group I was with included their mushroom flatbread pizza and the steak frite, and everyone enjoyed their meal. We split a bottle of a South American merlot. For dessert, it was three scoops of different sorbet: Peach, Strawberry-Basil, and Mocha.
We went on a thursday evening, which happened to be a rather slow night for them. This is where our experience with the Waterhouse faltered a bit. The dining room was less than half full, but everything came very slowly. It was almost like the slow business that evening was a cue to the staff that they didn't have to be on their toes.
At one point, the host came over just to get our drinks poured, which really isn't the host's job. She was obviously a little peeved about that, but she never really addressed it with us or made it a priority to get the waitstaff more responsive.
Everyone was polite, and it wasn't as if this ruined our evening. Just a mark against what was otherwise a great meal.
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