I have to join the majority here and vote this restaurant as excellent. Put simply it is punching far above its size and weight in comparison to others in the area (Yellow Broom take note)
The one thing I have to start with though is a warning not to plan to drive home if you choose anything on the menu that mentions alcohol. We are not talking measured amounts here!
From Pernod in the Tomato and Basil soup, through the house speciality Tornedos Fillet being flambéed in enough Smirnoff to finish off the crew of a Russian Submarine to the Crepe Suzette being drowned with more than enough Grand Marnier to put a couple of points on the gross national output of France. You are not going to stay sober eating here.
We booked online for a wedding anniversary and received a nice card from the staff waiting for us at our table (Again, Yellow Broom take note)
A short pre dinner drink by the log burner and we were shown to our table where the excellent food was served in good time with faultless service. If I have to offer any constructive criticism it was that some of the tables would work better turned sideways to the walls rather than at ninety degrees. It would provide more floor space for the flambé trolley and it prevents some guests having to eat with their backs to the main room which for some is an uncomfortable feeling. Basic anthropology I believe.
Also the mismatched chairs around the fire create a feeling of awkwardness for some on the uprights with comfort for those in the wicker armchairs. Maybe a standard armchair for all would work better.
It is obvious that this restaurant has a loyal fan base of regulars and I think that my wife and I will look forward to adding ourselves to that.
We will be back..... with reinforcements.
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