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Review of The Wild Garlic - CLOSED

The Wild Garlic
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed February 16, 2013

We went to the Wild Garlic for their taster menu. The first course was pesto popcorn which we thought were just for nibbles until we saw they were the first course not a good beginning.The following courses were tasty, ham hock terrine, St.Anthonys and pickles, crab mayonaise and although small had you put them together on one plate you would have had quite a substantial starter. The main
course of pheasant was a normal restaurant portion as far as we were concerned and the white choclate mousse was lovely. We could not have eaten another thing.Taster menu's are just a new way of eating.
We did feel the Wild Garlic lacked atmosphere, it was quite cool in there but the biggest problem is the chairs they are so uncomfortable Matt you've got to change them.
Matt came and spoke to everyone and was extremely pleasant as he has been on other occasions.
We had a nice night and we were quite happy with the price of £49 for 2 with Travel Zoo but we would not have wanted to have paid any more than that for what we had. We were surprised there was no bread when we asked for some.

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Thank Sarah H
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Visited the wild garlic through the travelzoo. For 49 pound for both of us why not. Never been here before but will for sure be coming back. As soon as we stepped through the door the experienced started. First up popcorn with pesto ok strange as it seems but so tasty. Next came a beautifully boarded up ham hock. Flavours to die for.........next cheese and pickles again pleasing to the eye and what with several varietys of pickled vegetables and nicely glazed goats cheese with beetroot puree flavours again to please the palet.....next crab with mayonaisse ....exactly what you get presented nicely. And as the mayo is homemade was delicious...now the main a lovely garlic pheasant kiev with all the accompliments to go nicely with the dish... we opted to have cheese at an additional 5 pound... a lovely peice of Barkham blue and god Minster cheddar with onion marmelade a plum jelly and Dorset knobs amazing and LOTS OF IT now to follow a light chocolate moouse different to what I have tasted before and lots nicer. Accompanied with a spiced plum sauce and what I was told by mat ourselfs as burned white chocolate witch was so nice overall it wad amazing and all this for a small price wonderful thankyou to all the team for a great experience

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Thank siandnat
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We had planned to visit the Wild Garlic for two years after having previously followed Matt's success on Masterchef and so booked a table for two to celebrate my wife's birthday.There were only four tables occupied and the initial welcome was lukewarm.As far as the food went,I ordered a starter which included pigeon breast and a black pudding crumble.After eating this I was left wondering why there were only a few slices of fairly tough meat with sauce and garnish.The waitress then announced that Mat was not happy with the balck pudding and so had not included it.The main course was belly pork which although was tasty,it was lukewarm and even the fat was still white in places.This could account for why I felt queasy the following day.The selection of desserts saved the day but it was still disappointing that there was no offer of recompense for the starter and no thankyou's or please come again.There definitely needs to be a lesson in making guests feel welcome which was as lukewarm as the meal and plates!.Not what we expected for over £50-00 per head.

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3  Thank 123ABA
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We went for the 5 course tasting menu expecting a showcase of what the chef had to offer. The restaurant was cold and the waitress sullen and unwelcoming. The food was poor and unimaginative and I could have cooked better myself. The portions were tiny - 1 small slice of pigeon breats & a sliver of pear, next a tiny piee of goat's cheese and a few tiny pickled vegatables. We had both main courses and shared but the pork chop was dry and the beef skirt , although tasty, needed some jus with it. Dessert was a vanilla posset with creme anglais, both of which tasted the same. We shared the wine slide as we had to drive home but the waitress seemed unable to provide 2 glasses for us so we had to use a glass from the previous wine each time. We will not visit again and have actively discouraged friends from making the 1.5 hour journey. Such a shame as we were really looking forward to it.

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2  Thank Liz W
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Again like other reviewers we visited The Wild Garlic for a 6 course taster menu at lunchtime. On arriving the restaurant was very cold and a fan heater on the floor seemed to be the only sauce of heat. This was later turned off by the waitress who was very sullen throughout the service. We were not made to feel welcome in any way. Never the less we thought we could rely on a good experience. How wrong could we be. The taster menu consists of for minute starters one maincourse and a small desert. We started with stale popcorn covered in pesto, a very small bowl between two. Then came the ham terrine smaller than a matchbox and not enough to have a proper taste. Next was a 1 inch square of caramelised St Antonys goats cheese and a few minute pickled vegetables. The last starter taste was assorted mushrooms on half a slice of toast. It tasted good but only a couple of mouthfuls. The maincourse we had a choice of skirt or pork chop. We chose the beef skirt which was the best dish. Finally the desert was a blood orange posset again very small but quite tasty. A free glass of prosseco came with the meal. The overall experience was not very pleasant sitting in drafty shop window.. If this was the menu to attract you to visit again it needs to be better. For the price it was a real dissapointment.

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3  Thank JaneLiz
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