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“Good, not great. Pricey, with a few niggles”
Review of Stolen Lamb - CLOSED

Stolen Lamb
Price range: $23 - $38
Cuisines: Greek
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The signature dish of Cyprus - Kleftiko literally means "stolen lamb”. The story goes that the "Greek Kleftes," Bandits who hid in the mountains, would sometimes steal a lamb for food. They cooked it sealed tightly on a buried pit of coals to keep a low profile, and not give away their hideout by sight and smell.My paternal Grandfather 'George' was known for his Lamb and Goat rearing in Famagusta, Cyprus. His Farm produced milk to make the famous Cypriot cheese Halloumi and his lambs were a treat to eat. The Restaurant will continue to use the finest local produce specializing in Cheshire Lamb.My maternal Grandfather, also called George, was famous for cooking the signature dish, in both his village of Kyrenia Cyprus where he was taught, and continues now in Manchester. We will be using the same recipe to cook the dish here at the restaurant. (We are lucky as his recipes are unique and he keeps them close to his heart).The restaurant embraces old Family recipes combined with new style to offer the ultimate Greek Dining Experience. Our cooking methods include, using a traditional wood-fired clay oven and a coal fired BBQ to give the full flavour to our food.Chef George & the team
Reviewed April 14, 2013

This is my second visit to The Stolen Lamb. The first time was a midweek night and the menu, service and food was really excellent so our expectations were rightly high. The restaurant is very welcoming and nicely designed inside. The tables aren't too packed together, but there is still a lively hum about it. The first thing we noticed was that the menu seemed a little more limited, with a very distinct lack of chicken. Appreciating that it's Greek, but unless you liked wild boar or lamb, it was a little limiting. Having settled on the food, we studied the wine list, which again, was extensive for anything north of £30 a bottle, but limited otherwise. Furthermore both reds under £24 were unavailale and the waiter had the cheek to push a £40 bottle in quite an insistent way, even after we had made our choice. The breads and dips served before the starters were good, though the bread was a little doughy. The starters were very good, and I can really recommend anything with the crispy eggs in which are delicious and perfectly cooked. The main courses did take rather a long time to arrive, despite the restaurant having quietened down a little, though it wasn't a major issue. Three in our party of four had fish, which was very well cooked and looked delicious. I had a Greek style mixed grill, which was presented very nicely and was very well cooked, though perhaps a little heavy on saltiness, with the dish including very salty fries, and an olive salad. Perhaps a little lacking in carbs overall. My main niggle was when the bill arrived. Both bottles of wine we ordered were priced higher on the bill than on the wine list ( in one case £4 higher). When challenged the waiter had no problem with this at all, but does leave me wondering whether this was accident or intentional. Including tip, the meal for 4 with two bottles of wine and no desserts came to £160, which felt a little bit expensive given the niggles with service and menu choices. Really good food, and worth a visit, but suggest a midweek and wine by the glass. And make sure you check your bill.

1  Thank Tim W
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Enjoyed a delicious lunch again at the stolen lamb, by far the best restaurant in Wilmslow. The lunch menu offers exceptional value whilst not compromising on quality or quantity. If you've not been before its a must!

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2  Thank Lynseylowdon
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We ate here and I have to say were a little disappointed after reading the reviews on here. Food seemed a little over priced compared to other similar restaurants and the service was very slow. The atmosphere was great but waiting 2hours after arrival t get our main courses wasn't the best.
Food was good but probably not worth the money paid

2  Thank Dave1101
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

My sister had lunch here for the first time. We knew from the start that it would be good as there were two parties of Greeks/Cypriots dining at the same time.The food was excellent - Greek with a modern twist. The lunch menu was £14.95 for two courses or £19.95 for three which was excellent value considering the quality of the food. Nice menu - too many tempting dishes so hard to choose. In the end we opted for Halloumi and Fisherman's soup to start - both delicious and presented with a twist. We both had baked cod which was accompanied with fried calamari which was out of this world. The calamari deserve special mention as they just melted in your mouth. Dessert had to be Galaktobouriko which I have never seen on a menu here in the UK before. All washed down with a nice bottle of Makedonias rose wine. We will definitely be returning - need some more of the calamari! Compliments to the chef and the very polite waiter.

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2  Thank PoochiesMum U
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

We recently had an overnight stay in Wilmslow, so we checked out Tripadvisor to see what restaurants were recommended in the area.
We agreed with other Tripadvisor reviewers, Stolen Lamb is a little gem of a place. Situated in Wilmslow town centre it was in easy reach of our hotel (Kingsley Lodge) and we booked it purely on the strength of other reviews. Booking is made very easy by visiting their website. Just select a date, a time and the number of guests and Bob's your uncle!
My husband had never tried Greek cuisine before and was a little bit apprehensive as he's quite a fussy eater, but he need not have worried. As everything is cooked to order, the management are more than happy to cater for the individual.
We tried the 6 course taster menu, the aim being to get an appreciation for as many favours as possible. A healthy sized glass of Greek wine was served with each course. Every course was beautifully cooked and presented and full of flavours. Our waiter gave us a brief explanation of each dish and then the manager came over with the wine and explained why he had chosen each different wine to accompany the dish. The wines and food complimented each other perfectly.
Our evening turned from being just a meal in a restaurant, to being a full tasting experience and that was primarily due to the attentiveness of the lovely staff and management at the Stolen Lamb.
We look forward to our next visit to Wilmslow and another excuse to visit the Stolen Lamb!

2  Thank J C
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