The Island did not have her best hat on, in fact the weather could not have been more depressing, but as we were going to miss dinner a lunch stop was most in order. We have been here before in the Summer and the memory was a good one so sprinting from the car through driving rain into the barn, that is the shop/deli and restaurant, we had hopes!! Once inside 'Hope' delivered, I counted two wood burners, maxed up to toasty so immediately we unfastened the Helly Hansons and looked around. The shop area is beautiful and great baskets of offerings in the food line surround you, I hooked up a trug and gathered up some garlic bulbs so enormous and fragrant, swiftly followed by some garlic pesto made by the Garlic Farm. Within 5 minutes my trug was full, my husband, hungry and impatient to go into the restaurant dragged me away.
We made our way into the restaurant and were shown to a table for two by the window and close to a heat source, perfect. The menu is not huge but it is post Christmas and with the addition of a board with specials plenty to choose from. We opted for a very good soup of potatoes and leeks finished with some garlic infused oil and served with delcious bread. I had some bruschetta topped with garlic butter some very good Italian ham and rocket. Garlic headlining again, I had pigeon breast on some very good red cabbage, crispy potatoes and parsnips and some beautifully cooked but none the less boring sprouts. The sauce was delicious and did not overpower the bird. The man had man food, a robust beef and beer stew with garlic mashed potatoes, and roasted roots. I can't really comment on the wine as I only had one glass of some quite acceptable Shiraz but more of that another time. Service was delightful what more can I say, the restaurant was pretty full with families and couples but food arrived quickly without fuss or furore.
Hurrah for Island life as there outside the window nibbling at a nut was a RED squirrel, still going strong here, as their grey and vicious counterpart cannot make the sea crossing.and hold the smoking gun. In the Summer, daytime diners get a cabaret of peacocks as well, good stuff.
Well worth a visit, not only a dining experience, a retail therapy and also, all you ever need to know about garlic.
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