My first trip here as it was my birthday weekend and my fiancé surprised me with an overnight stay with dinner and breakfast (not all at the same time, mind) and as he hasn't shut up about his first meal here last month, he thought this would be the ideal place to go.
Welcomed warmly at 'check in' and bag carried to our room. Nice touch. Room lovely and homely and on a cold day, it was nice and toasty. Spotlessly clean too.
Dinner was booked for 9pm and we arrived to a busy and buzzy dining room and welcomed like long lost friends. Wine chosen, food chosen and we were sat at a great wee table at the end of the dining room, which 'im indoors had requested.
For the next two hours I experienced food like nothing I have ever had before in Northern Ireland. Art on a plate, backed up by textures, flavours and seriously good technique and cooking. And I mean seriously good. Not forgetting about the service, we were well and truly looked after from start to finish. Special mention to Gareth, Karena and Natalie for looking after us so well and Gareth for decanting that Rioja for Neil. On the night though, the biggest thank you has to go to Will himself for giving both of us, but in particular me, the best food I've had in a long long long long time. Thank you for also coming out of the kitchen and saying hello at the end of the evening and introducing me to the whole new world of macaroons!! Yum yum.
A very comfy night's sleep and breakfast awaited us in a lovely breakfast room just across the hall. Will's parents tended to us magnificently with great coffee and lovely cooked breakfasts (great scrambled eggs, by the way!) and that was it for us.
In a nutshell, book a table here and book a room with it. Make a night of it. It really is that good.
Believe the hype. It's a gem of a place.
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