On Saturday we went to the 39 Steps for the 3rd time in 6 months. Every time we have been we've had a fantastic meal served in ambiant surroundings, by attentive (but not over bearing) staff. The menu has a choice of around 6 options for each course and everything we have chosen has always been first class. On Saturday 2 of us had the wood pigeon, 1 had surf and turf (scallops and confit duck) and 1 had ham hock to start and for the main course 1 had the monkfish, 1 had lamb and 2 had the special which was halibut - everyone thoroughly enjoyed what they had. 2 of us also had desserts, 1 the chocolate and cherry torte and the other a strawberry and champagne creme brulee. The portions are not huge, but definitely enough to fill you up without feeling over full. We don't find we need to order side dishes either. All in all a fantastic meal again on Saturday.
The staff are very friendly and the food genuinely is excellent.
Saturday night was the first time I have seen the restaurant completely full and it made for a good atmosphere. However even when the restaurant is quieter it is still a very pleasant restaurant.
The only slight negative on Saturday was that by the time we ordered a 3rd bottle of wine they had run out of the one we had been enjoying (a NZ Sauvignon). The said they had ordered 5 bottles of it in that day and all 5 had been drunk. I don't find it acceptable that a restaurant runs out of wine it lists on its menu and whilst we chose a Sancerre as an alternative, which was also very nice, I think a restaurant of this standard should not run out of wine.
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