We booked into The Bistro following a recommendation and we were really looking forward to it after seeing some of the reviews on TA. There were some real high points of our meal but also some aspects that were a bit of a let down.
The waiting staff were mostly young and we thought they were excellent. Very welcoming, friendly & genuine and they provided prompt, efficient service throughout. We didn't have to wait long to order or to receive our drinks & food.
Our starters were a mixed affair. The home-made chicken liver pate was excellent (more toast points would have been nice though) but the salmon gravadlax was a bit ordinary and bland.
I had pork fillet for my main course and it was absolutely terrific - really tasty, cooked well, and in a lovely sauce. My wife ordered duck breast and this was disappointing. Although it was cooked perfectly pink the skin needed to be crispier and it was also swimming in a sauce which was far too sweet.
There was a bit of a mix up with our side orders - we ordered two portions of seasonal vegetables and a portion of daupinoise potatoes. We ended up with a half portion of each and then some time later the rest arrived which we politely sent back. To be absolutely fair, none of these side orders were added to our bill and the dauphinoise were excellent!!
We both felt a cost of £30 a head was pretty reasonable particularly as this included a very nice bottle of Chablis which accounted for £22 of the total bill
When we're next in the area we will probably give The Bistro another go because the staff were really good and some of the food was excellent. We hope for more consistency the next time we visit.
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