Dinner at the Octagon last night would have to be our most memorable dining experience. They have raised the bar to new heights for us. There were seven of us in our party and we had taken our elderly father out to dinner. From the moment of being warmly greeted outside by the maitre dit through to having a special request attended to, we felt more like honoured guests than clientele.
The food is excellent, especially the Beef Wellington. But what makes this place exceptional is the atmosphere of the old church and the musical auditioning of the waitstaff. All of the waitstaff are accomplished classical musicians and we were treated to brilliantly played classical pieces and themes from popular musicals throughout the evening. One of them even played an excerpt from Phantom of the Opera on the 1400 pipe organ still in residence. Our special request of "Ave Maria" for our father was met by two waitstaff - a pianist and mezo soprano at concert level standard. There were few dry eyes afterwards!
There was nothing too much that could be done for us, and it was done with both grace and class. We noted that another guest had wine accidentally spilt on her jacket. Within an hour this had been drycleaned and discretely returned to her.
If a restaurant could be rated six stars I would be giving the Octagon such a rating.