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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