I walked in off the street with two friends, just trying to find somewhere to have a Sunday lunch with some Irish food. Overall I think we did pretty well here.
Once we were seated we had a chance to read through the menus (which are oddly inconsistent with the menu items on the signboard outside) and ordered a glass of red. The wine took a long time to arrive since they'd had to fetch it from the cellar (which was apparently a long way away) and it was suboptimally cold, although it warmed up quickly enough.
The menu was a set two/three course affair, and surprisingly good value for money.
To start with I had some portobello mushrooms with cheese and truffle oil, eccentrically served in a big metal spoon, which was fun but made them hard to eat. This was where the restaurant's other eccentricity became apparent: they serve nothing without garnishing it into oblivion. My starter was *covered* in foliage. I identified dill and parsley and I think chives as well, and perhaps some grass from the back lawn. Under all this, however, the mushrooms and cheese were really delicious.
They'd just run out of Irish stew, so I had pork medallions with colcannon, and the other two diners had the roasted lamb belly. All three dishes turned up looking like they needed mowing and moving all the green garnish out of the way took up the first minute or so. Again, it was worth it. The pork was tender, the colcannon was rich and tasty, and it was augmented by some delicious, clove-flavoured Irish black puddings. I heard happy things being said about the lamb as well.
For dessert, being well-fed, all three of us shared a single cheese-plate which was (you guessed it) covered in greenery. The cheeses were well-chosen and all Irish.
So it's a slightly strange restaurant, but not disagreeable, and definitely worth a visit.
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