We found Gola recommended by many other TA reviewers and whilst we were happy with our choice we were not overwhelmed by Gola.
The decor of the restaurant is interesting and we liked it. Don't go expecting anything fancy as other TA's have warned. It is very much a well-organised hotch pitch of objects such as wine corks, paintings, mirrors, fairy lights and some interesting flattened gin and wine bottle clocks! Low level lighting and candles gave the interior a very romantic feel we thought and it was an intimate setting for couples which we liked. Though there are also larger tables in the back room for groups of friends. The Manager actually told us that 95% of the items used to decorate the interior were found in charity shops! We thought it looked unique and clever but as some other TA reviewers have warned it is definitely a 'shabby chic' looking restaurant and there are no table cloths so it this respect it is a modern italian compared to a more traditional formal restaurant. Make no mistake though we found the interior interesting and unique compared to the more formal setting and was definitely an attractive point to the restaurant in our opinion.
Food wise we found the food to be good hearty portions though not amazing. We had the calamari for starter which was average and the sea bass and pasta with beef ragout and veal for main. The sea bass was tasty the beef ragout was delicious but extremely rich and hard to eat as it was served in a bowl made from baking parchment which was I think to allow a bigger portion to be served but personally we would have preferred a smaller amount in a smaller bowl with no baking parchment! The dish was so rich that my boyfriend (who is a very big eater) couldn't finish it all. Would recommend the sorbet and chocolate soufflé for pudding both of which were delicious (pudding was definitely our favourite course).
The service was excellent the manager was extremely friendly and came over and introduced himself and checked on us throughout the night. Very helpful and attentive but not too much.
The whole meal cost us £85 for a shared starter, and a main, pudding and wine each. We had a really enjoyable evening and found the atmosphere and service of Gola great but the food was not special enough for us to visit again in any hurry.
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