Went here one Friday lunchtime as a special treat. Being situated just outside of Chelmsford City centre we were not surprised to see that it was not particularly busy but as we were after a relaxed and leisurely meal this did not worry us and in any event despite it's size the area we sat in had an air of intimacy. The meal itself was excellent. My haddock and soft boiled quails eggs was perfect and my wife enjoyed her salmon and prawn timbale although she would have liked the horseradish cream to have been a touch stronger. For mains we both chose the rump of lamb which was cooked to perfection, beautifully tender, and full of flavour. I would also commend them for the vegetables which again were perfectly cooked - I always reckon one of the tests of a good kitchen is their ability to produce good vegetables. The only minor criticism we would make is that they have followed the current trait of producing "smears" of puréed food and "spots" of jus. Consequently although the meal did have puréed parsnip it was more decorative than part of the taste experience. And to be fair when we asked if we could have more of the delicious jus a pot of it was quickly delivered. The desserts were good, especially my bitter dark chocolate tart and we eventually finished our rather indulgent but immensely enjoyable lunch with coffee. Despite having lived in Chelmsford for many years this was our first visit, largely because when previously I've checked their menu it seemed to be delivering a standard Italian meal which was probably very nice but not exciting. Things have clearly changed as now the menu is much more Mediterranean and has some interesting and innovative dishes.
So impressed were we that we immediately booked for their next tribute and dance evening.
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