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“Amazing!”
Review of The Gunnery Brasserie - CLOSED

The Gunnery Brasserie
Price range: $11 - $28
Cuisines: Steakhouse, British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: We are a warm, welcoming, inviting bar and restaurant located in the scenic village of Tarvin in the heart of Cheshire. Our charming premises date back to the early 19th century and many of the original features remain, culminating in a rustic and traditional dining setting. Coupled with our enthusiastic and motivated team we hope to provide an experience not to be forgotten.
Reviewed January 17, 2013

I don't usually feel compelled to write reviews, but it would be an insult not to for The Gunnery. We have just arrived back from one of the most enjoyable and delicious meals that I can remember. Having decided to venture out into the snow this evening on a bit of a whim, we discovered The Gunnery Bar and Restaurant on the Taste Card website and thought we would give it a try! We weren't disappointed! We were warmly greeted on arrival by the staff and directed from the bar area through to the restaurant, which was very elegantly decorated with almost the feel of a gentleman's den. A beautiful and intricate marble fire place took centre stage amongst a hue of country greens and deep mahogany, deliberately mis-matched tables and chairs which gave a warm, cosy feel on a winters night. Having been seated and drink orders taken from a very impressive wine list (the Argentinian Malbec was particularly good), the menu immediately struck as being innovative and with a clear nod to all things gamey. I began with the Welsh Rarebit Fritters accompanied by a tomato chutney and pea shoots. The sweetness of the chutney and freshness of the pea shoots complimented the sharpness of the Cheddar and mustard centre of the fritters perfectly. This was followed by a delicious pan-fired breast of pheasant, accompanied by Duchess Potatoes and a carrot and swede puree. My husband tucked into the mini hand-raised pigeon pie with calvados-soaked sultanas, followed by a venison and wild mushroom suet pudding, both of which were perfectly cooked. We of course thought it would be a crime not to tuck into a dessert, thus I followed this with a Plum Clafoutis and vanilla cream whilst my husband opted for the cheese board. For this, you can choose between four to six cheeses, most of them locally sourced. Dave of course went for the six cheeses, and boy was he glad he did! It arrived on a particularly large wooden chopping board with almost a block of cheese for each variety. This was accompanied by a huge selection of oat cakes and crackers, sliced apple, celery and sultana chutney. Each variety was unique and very yummy (I know because I snuck a few bites in). Dave's particular favourites were the White Nancy goats cheese and Burt's Blue. Watching him eat it was like an ode to Man vs Food, except this was Man vs Cheese, and very proudly, he succeeded!

The worst part of the whole evening by far was leaving! The staff were all so friendly, the service was excellent and the food was extremely reasonably priced. We really can't wait to return here again and hope to do so many times. I cannot recommend The Gunnery Bar and Restaurant highly enough! Fabulous!

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1  Thank Kelsey H
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We have been eating at Stuart's Table/The Gunnery for well over ten years and always been impressed by it being consistently good. That applies to the food, staff & ambience. However, much as we continue to like eating there The Gunnery isn't as consistent as it was. Yes, on a good evening the food & staff are still above average but there have also been occasions when the food was only OK, the service disappointing and we left feeling somewhat let down by an old friend. Perhaps staff turnover in the kitchen & restaurant hasn't helped but that is not our problem. So please return to your old self and above all ensure the food arrives hot. Some recent meals were distinctly cool. A criticism also made by our friends who eat at The Gunnery. In the meantime we have been trying out other restaurants in the area some of which are very good!

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Thank JohnStratfordUK
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We made a rather late booking for New Years Eve, after reading the reviews were apprehensive as to what to expect, we were not disappointed, our meal was excellent, service was just as good, staff very attentive, (considering it was such a busy evening.) Nice touch to the end of the evening to find on our bill a discount on the drinks.Just a small thing some festive decorations would have made a difference to the ambiance of the upstairs dining areas, But in all well done The Gunnery, we shall certainly go back.

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Thank maureen085
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

The food was excellent and we really enjoyed the two courses that we ordered. The service started off well, but as the place grew busier we were forgotten about. We had to request extra drinks, no one checked whether we were enjoying our meal or whether they could get us anything else, and although we requested that coffee was served with dessert it was served about 15 minutes later. However, the setting was nice and the staff were pleasant.

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Thank LLA368
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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

My family decided to go out for Christmas lunch for the first time ever and we thought the Gunnery was a safe choice, nice place, great food and within walking distance. When we first arrived the service was great but it went downhill from there. We weren't asked if we wanted a drink throughout thr meal and our empty crackers were left on the already cluttered table. At the end of the meal we asked for our coffee and mince pie which was included in the £55pp price but the waitress told us we would have to pay extra. I had to find the email on my phone and show the waitress as proof that we were entitled to a coffee! As for the food, the starters were very nice but the turkey dinner was a real let down. We were given a plate with enough turkey to feed a mouse and 2 roast potatoes (which looked like aunt Bessie's) and thought that bowls of veg would appear... All we got was a tiny bit of mash and sprouts.... A Christmas lunch with only 1 veg and a veg that I personally don't like so I had turkey and potatoes. Overall it was extremely disappointing. There was no Christmas music and the Christmas dcorations were practically non existent. My family were upset to spend almost £400 on a meal we didn't enjoy.

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1  Thank TheNewMrsAW
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