We got to visit on a mild December Saturday night and were one of the first groups to arrive. We were offered drinks downstairs but decided to go straight to our table. We were seated by an enormous window but as it was dark the view was limited in summer it would be amazing. The dining rooms was decorate tastefully for Christmas and we kicked off with a lovely bottle of house champagne (£45) very reasonable and nice quality.
The menu is small but it was still really difficult deciding what top have, whilst we considered the menu we were asked if we wanted bread - having eaten downstairs with lovely sliced fresh breads and balsamic we said yes - here is the only disappointment of the night at £2 it was a boring bread roll and a small pat between 4 of hard butter, it just did not fit in with the venue or the food!
Two of us opted for scallops to start and the portion was 3 each in a lovely chilli dressing with a bit of a kick, one of our party opted for calamari which was lightly cooked and a generous portion and the final choice was tuna tartar - everyone loved their starters and each was well presented and definitely put together for not just looks but also taste.
Next to mains the beef bourguignon was rich and dark, the fritto misto (3 fishes) was delicate and tasty, the steak was cooked maybe 30 seconds too long but that is to be fussy. The surprise dish which the whole table admired was the port chops with caramelised apple, the chop was large and juicy. We added extra chips and green beans and again another great course high on taste - washed down with a bottle of red and bottle of white wine.
Now dessert I have to admit to picking mine before the meal and the chocolate fondant did not disappoint. served with a rice vanilla ice-cream. Two crème brûlée and vanilla ice cream completed a wonderful meal. The space between courses was perfect and the ability to ask for an extra space before dessert led to a truly relaxing dinner.
We will be going back as there are so many things we want to try and what is quite a short menu.
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