I visited Little Dudley House in Febuary for a business lunch and was frankly underwhelmed and had not returned. That is until I heard one of the founders of The Cinnamon Club and Roast, two of my favourite London restaurants had taken over in the summer, so I decided to try Sunday lunch.
It was clear as soon as we walked in that there had been a dramatic change. Gone is the hideous lighting and pink furniture, and in it's place is low lighting,expensive looking sofas and chairs in the lounge and a smart new bar. A warm and welcoming room bookended by a wood burning stove at one end and an open log fire at the other. Perfect to escape the dark and chilly winters afternoon.
The Sunday lunch menu is limited but full of classic, almost retro dishes - and all the better for it.We had prawn cocktail and chicken liver pate to start and both delivered on presentation and taste. We had perfectly cooked (medium) rib of beef with excellent Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes. What really stood out were the side orders of vegetables. Sweet baby carrots, vibrant greens and a lovely cauliflower cheese. All perfectly cooked, retaining their bite and such a change from the mushy melange usually served up on a Sunday.
I had very little room for desert but when I saw it was classic "British Pudding Weekend" I relented and tried the Spotted Dick and custard. It was superb and rounded off an excellent meal in style.
This is a real find. Very good value. A lovely historic building that's been tastefully refurbished. Really nice relaxed ambience and lovely staff.
I will be back for dinner soon and if it's as good as Sunday lunch then I've a feeling I'll be a regular.The new owner clearly knows what he's doing and this is one to watch.
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