Visited here last night after wishing to try for a while now. We took my Dad, who lives in London. When we walked in we were greeted by very friendly and welcoming staff. The waitress was very attentive as it was only us and another couple in there. However, it soon filled up and the atmosphere was great.
We got asked if we would like some fresh bread to start us off (of course I said yes!) As a starter I had the risotto balls, which unfortunately were a bit bland, should have had the confit duck. My Dad and partner appeared to like their starters of soup and homemade fishcake though.
When my rump steak came out I was very pleasantly surprised. I had never seen fresh steak like it. We were advised to take it off the lava rock and cook bits as we wanted. It was the best steak I had ever tasted, I cooked it myself to perfection (I'm not the biggest fan of steak in general either!) It melted in my mouth, which I think showed the quality of Derbyshire beef that they serve. The chips were to die for but I don't think I really needed the mushroom sauce I had on the side. Dessert was a lemon parfait with raspberry samosa. This was good but didn't compare to the steak really.
The only gripe I had was the smoky atmosphere. I knew it would no doubt be like that but an wondering whether they might be able to put some air conditioning in for when it gets busy like it did last night. I'm really not a fan of tuna, so when someone had it on the grill I must admit the smell made me feel a bit queasy. Also, my partner mentioned that it would perhaps have been better to have one central lava rock on the table and bigger plates to put the cooked steaks on. All in all though, a great experience and we will definitely be visiting again!
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