I visited here for the Birthday of a relative on 8th November. We were a party of 14, which for a family run restaurant, would clearly be a challenge, so I was intrigued to see how they tackled us.
Being a large group, we were placed at the rear of the restaurant, which meant that we pretty much had a private area to ourselves. I thought that this was a great idea, not because we had it to ourselves but simply because I am always conscious when I am in a large group, that the natural noise created by a group of people hurling their conversations across the table at each other can be off putting and spoil the experience for those who are there to have a quiet, romantic meal. Not many places deal with this very well but I thought that this was the best solution that Anderson's could have supplied. Great start!
I can not comment on behalf of the other 13 people within our party, but the general consensus I got was that a good time was had by all.
I started with the Soup of the day. Tomato and Red Pepper served with Crusty Bread. A nice flavoursome soup with great consistency. Would happily have that again if I were to visit here again. I thought it was lovely. It took a while to come once we had ordered it, but as most of us ordered the soup, I wouldn't be surprised if some of ours was cooked from scratch and there is often a bit of a wait with large groups, so nothing out of the ordinary there.
I had the Pan Fried Duck for main. Now whether or not you like this dish will depend on how you like your duck. Mine was a lovely shade of pink when it arrived on my plate and my mouth watered the moment the plate hit the table. Needless to day, the duck did not stay on the plate for long and it was complimented very well by the sauce and the rosti. The side vegetables were also very much to my liking. One thing that comes into mind, is that I can not recall seeing any salt or pepper on the table but the fact that I have only just remembered this shows that none was required in any case.
For my dessert, I chose the sticky toffee pudding. Everything about it was what I like in a sticky toffee pudding, which has been my favourite dessert since a kid. A nice sized portion of pudding with a decent amount of custard and sauce to go with it. It was sweet and moist and each mouthful made you look forward to the next one.
The staff were friendly and engaged in the banter that our group always likes to have. This went a long way to ensuring that an enjoyable experience was had by all. The only things stopping Andersons from getting 5 stars, is the minimum spend of £10 required when paying by card. As a group we decided to pay for our own drinks and meant that I had to buy more drinks that I had intended just to get up to the minimum spend value. Secondly, the wait for our food could have been a little better. However I feel that the staff at Andersons acknowledged this and made this right in their own way.
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