To be honest, I am getting fed up of paying inflated prices for average food, and unfortunately the Beckford comes into this category. The service and staff were very good, can't fault them on this.
Starter - Smoked trout was a very strong flavour smoked trout, which in fairness may have been not to my individual taste as I am not used to such a strong flavour in smoked trout, but the rest of the accompaniment lacking in seasoning, not to say this was not to others taste.
Main - Duck, a little tough, again lacking seasoning, served with fennel dressed with dill, but served with rosemary potatoes which didn't work with other flavours. Although duck served with fennel and white beans, I think there should be other veg's to accompany.
My husbands starter - Enjoyed vegetables with chorizo
Main - Whole lemon sole very good, however Cray fish accompanying, tough as old boots!
As I complained mainly about the duck the staff very professionally agreed that we would be given dessert free, which we willingly accepted.
I had rhubarb sorbet/ rhubarb which was very nice, my husband had lemon polenta cake, which for some reason, parts of which tasted of garlic!! Raised with staff as only assumed that it had been placed in an area that had been used for garlic, or staff had handled when hands had been in touch with garlic!!
I have to say staff responses to concerns were very good, although baffled as to how dessert could have tasted of garlic.
I was not overawed with choices on menu, and believe that food is overpriced and unfortunately not that good
Overall view is that it is a nice venue, lovely to sit outside in the garden in summer, good service but overpriced average food ............. sorry!