Visited the restaurant twice within a four day window, the first with business acquaintances the second with my partner who was keen to see what all the fuss was about. The first visit was for dinner, the second for Saturday lunch. On both visits there were a couple of stand out dishes, the food was was beautifully cooked and presented on the plate (perfect sized portions in my book as well), but the service was impersonal and somewhat lacking as different eastern European waiters/waitresses attended to our needs.
Went for the Full English Breakfast, Grouse (a special) and the Wild strawberry & vanilla cheesecake for the dinner (washed down with a couple of cracking Barolo's) , whilst the lunch consisted of Pressed tete du porc, rack of Cotswald lamb & The Tiramisu ( and an acceptable Sauvignon Blanc).
The Full English, Grouse (exceptionally well cooked, beautifully moist and succulent!), lamb and Tiramisu proved great choices - but I was equally very disappointed with the bland pressed porc.
The service could have been bettered by ensuring we only had one or two waiters/waitresses, they spoke English a little slower and with less of an accent, and they explained a little bit about what was on the plate instead of simply putting it down (or handing it across!) before finding another table to attend to. The service certainly didn't warrant the ubiquitous 12.5% service charge.....
All in all, good food relaxed environment (great for Saturday lunch - think upmarket and trendy Browns) but definitely go somewhere else for somewhere truly special.
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