This was our first visit to The Willow Tree and I would definitely go back and recommend it to others. This is not to say it is perfect, they were very busy and seemed to struggle to cope when we had first arrived leaving us for quite a long time before taking our order but perhaps they had lots of people arriving at once. Once the meal got going there wasn't any problem with the service, in fact I think they left a good amount of time in between courses, we didn't feel rushed and appreciated the time to chat in between courses. For starter we had the mussels (delicious sauce, just the right amount of mussels) and the duck scotch egg (lovely and runny inside, tasty pork/black pudding case). For mains we had Venison (cooked beautifully pink with a large croûton topped with chicken pate and mushroom duxelle, which went really well with the meat but was a bit heavy on the garlic) and fillet steak (chunky, hand cooked chips with a rich creamy peppercorn sauce). For dessert we shared the 'playful plate' a selection of desserts all of which were delicious, especially the home made doughnut. Finally we had the cheese board which had a fresh fig and a yummy apple compote as accompaniments. The wine selection is decent with enough variation to suit most pockets. I was also pleased to be able to have a fresh mint tea which a lot of places don't serve, much nicer than a peppermint tea bag! The decor is quirky and stylish, the ceiling is low and lights dimmed so it feels very cosy. The only downside to a low ceiling and a packed restaurant is that it's quite noisy, fine for us but I appreciate it might be annoying to some.
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