To start off with, I booked this restaurant for a Christmas get together for my work colleagues based on other reviews and recommendations. The restaurant itself is well decorated with a light atmosphere and in particular I liked the option of viewing the fish or meat I could choose for dinner. Personally, I had monkfish to start with a spicy tomato sauce which was delicious though the spice in the sauce may have been more beneficial with a stronger flavoured fish.
For main I had the pheasant from the main menu which for the first piece of it wasn't too bad albeit a bit dry. The second piece which was a thigh portion was thoroughly burnt, still full of now cooked congealed blood and shattered bone fragments. As a game shooter I know this can happen with any game but at least inspect them first and personally, I wouldn't serve a portion in that condition.
The rest of the table seemed to enjoy their food which ranged from the venison to steaks. The mussels to start were particularly good.
Desserts were also fine with a good chocolate and salted caramel mousse being a favourite.
My biggest bug bear throughout the evening were the front of house staff. I get the impression that none of them had been given adequate training or had the experience to be working a restaurant of this quality. They were continually hard to understand, overly loud when it came to serving food and clearing dishes and glasses was another story! I don't mind people being not overly formal when clearing dishes but re-arranging your tray of dirty glasses in front of me just to put them back on the tray...
The front of house staff really did let down what could have been a positive review especially when you're being given a £500 bill at the end.
I'll try them again sometime to see whether anything has improved or whether this was a Christmas blip.
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