Odette's has been a mainstay restaurant for the local community for many years. For much time it was oddly decorated but it seemed to work.
Bryn Williams was a welcome buyer bringing to the restaurant his flair on British fare. However, this visit for me - 2 years since my last - was disappointing.
A redecoration has occured throwing the entire establishment into a sort of greenish hue with abstract grey/black painting looming over. The atmosphere and style of service is decidedly 70's retro Italian. In fact the staff seemed somewhat 'bored'.
The lunchtime clientele was grey market and each was housed (as restaurants do) so that it looked 'full' to passers by.
Known customers were greeted well and were sat at the more comfortable tables.
Menu seemed much the same as 2 years ago in it's feel. Nothing wrong with the food but nothing exceptional either. I had celeriac, crispy duck egg (with perfectly soft interior), pickled mushrooms and deep fried shallot rings. My main was beef cheek. My associate had the 'sausage' roll which was, in reality, a brioche styled pastry case shaped like a mushroom, filled with sausage meat. The main was roast pheasant. Whilst both meals tasted fine they were slightly cold and looked very tired. We finished with the raspberry souflee which, in truth, was a little cakey. Not as light as it should have been.
Wine list needs revamping and the Bellini's are far too sweet - for £8 a glass I expect to taste the wine! Needs a great overhaul of ambiance, staff attitude and menu.
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