We had booked this restaurant having seen it recommended on TripAdvisor. We spoke with Brett a couple of days prior to arriving, as he needed to pre-order from his local source, whatever meat we wanted. He made it clear it was a limited choice of meat (usually steak) which was cooked on a stone at the table, accompanied with roasted vegetables and a jacket potato. My husband opted for steak, and as I prefer vegetarian I asked for goats cheese..... They only open during the evenings at a weekend depending on if they have bookings! It was great to actually speak with someone rather than just exchanging emails, and we were looking forward to seeing what it was like.
We have both agreed it was the most wonderful, enjoyable meal we have had - at times a little surreal! Sitting in a shop, with vintage bits and pieces around (cutlery/crockery/glasses..) not to mention the chandeliers and decoration! it was certainly retro - and just so unusual. The choice of starters was great, and my husband thoroughly enjoyed cooking his own steak. My goats cheese was served on red onion, and was to die for. Brett also offers Halloumi cheese as an alternative. The desserts were absolutely fantastic. Just remember to take your own wine..
We can't agree which part of the evening was the best - the food (excellent), surroundings (fab) - and the service (like nothing else) given by Brett, Annie and Nathan just made what could have been a nice evening out into a memory which will stay with us.
We have eaten in many restaurants, ranging from really expensive to just good pub food - and can honestly say that Characters is like nothing else - it really is an experience.
Good luck to them for the future, and we will certainly return.
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