We ate on a Friday night and enjoyed a three course a la carte with an additional cheese course. Staff were very friendly and helpful but also very present and slightly intrusive. We were interrupted by half a dozen different people in our first ten minutes. They seemed very keen to speed us through our experience and we only sat down at 8pm. Waiters changes continuously, resulting in an offered second bread roll never materialising! The scallops and lobster starters were both lovely. Our pork and lamb main choices were also delicious and beautifully executed, but overly salty (which resulted in our being horribly dehyrdrated in the night). We then decided to share a cheese course at £15 but were very disappointed that when the cheese trolley arrived we were not allowed to choose our own selection but had to have a choice of five cheeses selected by the waiter with no discussion, despite our saying clearly we would like to be involved in choosing. We then had the assiette of desserts, which contained all the desserts on the menu in what appeared full size portions. Very good value and delicious desserts but left us feeling unpleasantly full! Courses came out very quickly irrespective of whether we were ready. Petit fours were brought whilst I was in the toliet so all the dry ice theatre was completely lost. I think the front of house needs to take more control rather than the kitchen sending food as they please. There was an extensive but expensive wine list. We enjoyed the wine we chose but it was hard to find any under £50. We were also surprised that when we were offered champagne on arrival no price list was offered, despite the sommelier attempting to up-sell us to Krug - could have been a nasty bill! Service charge was inclusive and our bill came to £350 ish, which is fairly par for the course at the places. We did enjoy it but it is definitely not the best 3 star experience we have had and in fact I have had equally good cooking and better service at many 2 star restaurants.
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