We went for lunch on a Thursday and ate on the first floor. it's slightly unnerving as you walk into quite a dark reception but you get used to it really quick and suits the restaurant. It was fairly quiet, with maybe only half the tables occupied, but there was still a good atmosphere.
We opted for the four course lunch with matching wines at £58. To start I had a bottle of meantime pale ale (always a good choice). The perfectly soft butter went brilliant with the fresh bread. Sometimes I feel I need to fill up on the bread fearing the imminent arrival of some very tiny courses when going for lunch. Not the case here.
A small pre-starter of foie gras and Parmesan foam was packed full of flavour; I knew straight away this would be a good meal. On the four course meal you choose 2 starters, a main and dessert. First off was a foie gras, veal and pistachio pâté in pastry (it looked just like the best pork pie ever) and came with pickled veg, maybe it could have done with a slightly larger portion of veg as they really helped to cut through the rich pie.
I then had the sea bass cerviche, it looked incredibly pretty and was dotted with tomato and basil; just what I needed after a big starter. The wine perfectly fresh and matching the food spot on.
The main course was lamb shoulder. It was amazingly tender and flavoursome and was served with lentils. It'd have been amazing with mash potato, but then I think everything would be.
The dessert was an Oreo chocolate pot. Not too sweet, as some choc desserts can be, and a perfect way to end a meal. The dessert wine was also a star, a red fortified wine. I am kicking myself for not writing down the name of it.
Overall, the food was amazing, the service was attentive and everything you'd expect from a Michelin starred restaurant and for under £60, superb value. If you have some time for a leisurely lunch, don't hesitate and get yourself booked in.
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