My wife and I ate here on Friday 22nd February. We were looking for somewhere at short notice, and I was pleasantly surprised to be told they could fit us in (at five minutes' notice at 7.30 on a Friday night).
We had friendly and efficient service - our waiter had a good knowledge of the menu and wine list. When he brought my wife's starter, a chicken salad, he mistakenly announced it was duck. We were just saying 'that's not what we ordered' as we realised it was obviously chicken, and he was quite embarrassed. When collecting the dishes later, he checked that our chicken had not been 'too duckish'! He had a really nice manner, which we particularly appreciated having had a very bad experience in another restaurant earlier.
As it happens, the chicken salad was the only false note in the whole meal. The chicken was very dry and the dressing too meaner to make up for this. My starter was venison shank and chestnut suet pudding. It was wonderful. My wide had a sirloin for her main, which she loved (I tasted it and it was fantastic). I had ale braised beef cheek, which I have had here before. The previous time I'd loved it, even though it was very fatty. This time there was less fat and just as much flavour.
Two desserts of burned cream, and a fabulous bottle of red, and the meal was over all too soon. Slightly surreally, Fabio Capello arrived with a number of others just before we left! I'd be surprised if he didn't have a great meal as well.
This place is already a favourite of ours and we will be back again.
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