I don't know about you, but rightly or wrongly I always relate things to how well they lived up to expectations.
So I end up giving the same rating to a fish and chip shop as to a fancy restaurant if they were both a pleasant surprise.
This restaurant is in a lovely old building in a picturesque village by the river. The day we went the weather was glorious; the garden where we had our aperitifs was beautiful and the service was friendly.
The previous day we had been to Hartnett & Co at Lymewood Hotel, which was hard to fault. But they didn't have a Michelin Star - this place did. We wondered how they could be better.
They weren't. The food was as good, and slightly less expensive. But the service let them down. There was a gap of about 25 minutes between the first course (excellent) and the second. That really ruins a meal for me.
I know service is amazingly hard to manage - but if you have a Michelin Star - well.
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