I booked online, several weeks ahead, to take my wife out for a lovely dinner for St Valentine's Day, having been to this restaurant on several previous occasions and always been delighted. When we arrived at the restaurant it was disappointing to find out only then that there was only a set 'Tasting Menu' that night, and no A La Carte. We chose the Vegetarian Tasting Menu (full marks for having at least that as an alternative), which looked very enticing. The first course of cheese souffle was superb; as it turned out, the best course of the night. The second course was an artichoke and red onion filo pastry tart with boiled quail's eggs; looked nice, but the pastry was very heavy and greasy, and neither my wife nor I could eat too much of it. The third course was a creamy leek, Jerusalem artichoke and potato dish; quite tasty, but too much after the pastry tart. Then a fourth course of roasted root vegetable pie; more pastry, short crust this time, but it floored us and we left most of it. We declined the chocolate dessert, neither of us feeling we could carry on! On the big plus side are the staff, who are really nice and clearly well-trained and willing to do anything for you. But the 'Tasting Menu' as the only option just wasn't right for this evening, and was overdone in quantity, and too much greasy pastry. Not quite the wonderful dining experience we were expecting.
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