We were a bit surprised that on Friday of August Bank Holiday weekend, there was no difficulty at all in getting a table for two at any time we wanted, but when we got there there was us, and thankfully another table of four, otherwise we'd have dined in solitary splendour. The Dining Room is a delightful little place, with a very stylish lounge bar upstairs for drinks and canapės. The dining room at The Dining Room is downstairs, and very smart and tasteful decorated, if a bit formal for some modern tastes perhaps. The food was generally excellent, although my belly pork, succulent though it was, did not quite have the intensity of flavour that slow-cooked belly can achieve.
Reflecting on why the place was so empty, when I had been turned away by another good eatery not far distant, I came to the conclusion that while it was of the fine dining genre, perhaps people prefer the relative informality of one or two of the excellent pub restaurants in the vicinity. The menu wasn't cheap, 3 courses each plus two cocktails and one glass of wine but no coffee, was £90, not overly expensive, but I've eaten as well in equivalent restaurants in big cities for less.
But if you like good food, good service and a sense of occasion, then this is the place to go, and I can see it as an excellent place for celebration meals for a group… watch this space!
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