Having been an ardent fan of Cooking Bear for some years I was disappointed to hear they had sold and moved onto greener pastures. So it was on the weekend when on Father’s Day we tried to book any restaurant in the Midlands where were staying only to discover that dads in the area are really appreciated and spoilt. Everywhere we phoned we received the same response; “sorry we’re full” followed by an unsympathetic chuckle. Even Gosh turned us down initially but had the courtesy to phone back when they had a cancellation – thanks guys! So we snapped it up and headed off to the old Cooking Bear venue who now welcomed all and sundry even kids which Peter was averse to having causing chaos at his establishment.
From the start let me emphasize that Gosh is not ‘fine dining’ but having said that they was nothing wrong with the fare we were served. Rita started with the a Crispy Haloumi cheese on skewers with chicken and green salad with avo – sadly the avo was a bit bruised but was replaced with a comment from our great waitress that she was going to ‘klap’ the chef. After that little glitch the verdict was, wonderful! I started with the soup of the day; a green pea and ham creation which was divine.
After seeing the huge portion of the fresh Dorado being doled out to the next table we downed sized to a simple fish and chips. Again the portion was more than generous with the best chips I have had in some time. The fish was lightly floured and cooked in butter – excellent!
We rounded off with wonderful Mandarin Napoleon and Cointreau Dom Pedro – decadent.
What with a pot-bellied pig, a couple of dogs and a cat having free-range of the lawn in front of the restaurant where our table was, it really has turned into a family venue – we’ll be back with the grand kids!
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