Found out that characters were opening Friday and Saturday nights for dinner, and having been a few times for coffee and light lunches and been thrilled with the experience, wanted to try their evening menu. As we arrived the restaurant looked absolutely delightful and welcoming on a cold damp night, lit by candles. You bring your own wine as they are not licensed. The starters and puddings were delightful, taking all that they do brilliantly during the day to the next level. The unique point is the main courses - you choose at time of booking what you would like, I.e., steak, lamb, tuna, salmon etc., and then it is presented to you on a hot stone for you to cook to your liking, with vegetables, baked potato and sauces on the side! Wow, what fun but don't think that this is a gimmick, the flavours were amazing. Our table had steak and tuna, and all agreed that it was amongst the best we had eaten. To sum up, you can read just how good characters is from all the other reviews. They have taken everything that is wonderful from their daytime operation - their atmosphere, their friendliness, their care, the quality of their food - and added this unique slant for the evening. If you were looking for recommendation, we have immediately rebooked for next week, and I don't think that my recommendation could come higher than that!
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