I was very lucky to be taken to the Walnut Tree for lunch the other day as a special Birthday treat. I had heard how good the restaurant is for years now so I was very happy when after a two hour drive from our house the magical mystery tour ended up there.
We started in the bar with champagne while we looked at the menus. There was a choice of two a set lunch of either 2 or 3 courses or the a la carte. My wife insisted because of the Birthday we order from the a la carte but both of us would have quite happily chosen from the set, we thought is was very well balanced and excellent value.
While we were choosing a little appetizer came which we both wolfed down. then we choose our food. I had the squab pigeon and the veal kidneys my wife had the veal sweetbreads followed by the John Dory. All the food we had was fantastic, really spot on. The service was genuinely friendly at a lovely pace never feeling hurried but never waiting around either. All the staff we met were smiling and helpful an easy thing you think but very hard to find. Also because my wife was driving (only happens on my Birthday) I could indulge with the fine wine list. When you first look at the wine list it doesn't seem much but then when you really look at it all the wines start popping out at you and the two I ordered did not disappoint . The wine service was as I like it unfussy we were asked did we want to try the wine but I didn't so the first glass was poured and after that I served myself. Some people might not like this but I do.
After the excellent bread the starters and the mains we had a little break before carrying on with an excellent very rich chocolate and orange cake (very rich totally not needed but hovered up) my wife had the cheese with a glass of champagne. All chesses come individually with a set drink which we both thought was a unique approach and the cheese that came was excellent. My wife did say that she would have liked the choice of a selection of cheese as she loves to try the different ones but this is something not offered but that doesn't stop me absolutely loving the place. I always enjoy my Birthday lunches we have racked up quite a few Michelin stars over the years and the Walnut Tree will be remembered as one of the best!!!!! THANK YOU
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