I took a friend here for a birthday meal on a quiet Tuesday in February (it was a few days before Valentine's, so I think most of the punters were holding back until the 14th). I'd long wanted to try the place because of its elegant Georgian facade and I'm pleased to say that the overall experience matched up to the attractive exterior.
The restaurant has a warm, welcoming feel, with 'Farrow & Ball' style paintwork and quite large tables placed closely (but not too closely) together. I was put right by the fire, which was initially welcome on a chilly evening - and the waitress offered to turn it down as soon as the heat began to feel excessive.
My friend and I both ate from the set-price 'market' menu, which was £19.99 for three courses. The food was excellent. So often, restaurants that offer a set-price menu try to recover their margins by offering 'poor relation' dishes or small servings or by charging extra for vegetables. No. 5 doesn't try any of these tricks and I left the restaurant feeling very full indeed.
I had feta cheese and olives to start, pork belly for the main course and an Eton mess for dessert. The starter was fine but not particularly memorable. However, the pork belly was exceptional, especially the lovely crackling. The Eton mess was served in a glass and didn't look like the usual mess in a bowl but it tasted absolutely divine.
Service was generally very good, although it took a bit of time to get someone's attention to have the bill brought over and to pay it.
Overall, I thought this was an excellent experience and a very welcome addition to Retford's range of dining opportunities.
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