We were all looking forward to my Birthday meal at the Priest House restaurant.
We arrived early and had drinks in the hotel bar, the hotel itself is set in lovely surrounds, the bar is decorated to a high standard and the staff on arrival were very pleasant. I would not go there just for a drink 1 x Budweiser 1x keg beer and 1 x bottle coke came to over £10.
The staff were very friendly throughout our meal especially as the restaurant got very busy, they initially seemed to cope well.
We booked for 7pm which was a good choice as our meals were brought at within a reasonable timescale. As the night went on the service seemed to slow a bit as the restaurant was full.
We got our desserts followed by coffee but they omitted the petit fours.
We had a joke with the waitress as it took some time because my wife asked for a floater coffee and the young man had never made one before, the coffee was good though. (more training needed for staff)
Pros: The different selection of breads were of a high standard. Service reasonably good. Location excellent.
cons: The cheapest bottle of wine was about £40 for a standard bottle of rose'.
The total food bill for three people was £150.
I think overall the food lacked substance, it was good but it was more style over substance.
I had the scallop starter, bad choice! I had one scallop sliced into three with various bits on the plate for show. The cockles were full of grit and the scallop had very little taste. There was very little seasoning and it was more the size of an amuse bouche than a starter.
The main was ok but was more fitted to gastro pub rather than fine dining.
I had fish on a bed of wilted greens and pomme puree. There was very little flavour to the fish and very little seasoning throughout, the strong iron flavour from the wilted greens overpowered the whole dish. it was ok but something you could easily knock up at home.
My wife and daughter both had duck. When it came to the table it looked great, however the duck was served two ways, the breast had been cooked Sous-vide ("under vacuum") which was not apparent by reading the menu, it was difficult for my 13 year old daughter to eat as it was slightly bloody in the middle. I tried a small piece and it tasted of nothing. the leg had been confied and was a little dry.
We had the assiete (selection of puddings) to end which was probably the best bit of the meal however it was on the small side each element was two spoonful's each. (go to world service in Nottingham to see how it is supposed to be done).
The plates left a black mark on the table cloth on each serving ( maybe need to clean where the plates are warmed)
The table cloths had folds in them (back to basics 2 min hot iron on each table before service)
I left the servers a tip as they worked really hard, I left a little disappointed at the standard of food and would take some persuading to dine there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Priest House Hotel Castle Donington
- Priest Hotel Castle Donington
- Priest House Castle Donington, United Kingdom