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“Shame about the service”
Review of Nutters Restaurant

Nutters Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 308 Restaurants in Rochdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $65 - $65
Cuisines: International, British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Exquisite food and a wine list to challenge the best around.
Sadly the Gourmet Buffet dining experience was spoilt by some poor customer service.
We were a party of 8 and had to pay a 10% additional service charge: which would have been fine had the table and wine service been of a better standard.
The Gents toilet floor was also flooded and slippery...a recurring event we were told.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We booked for the time for a treat on Valentine's Day and had an amazing time. From the champagne cocktail when we arrived to the petit fours with coffee we enjoyed pretty much every mouthfull. The portion sizes are such that you really are satisfied by the end of the meal.

I've read of people feeling the place could do with a little music. Well for Valentines there was a group of old time swingers called The Teddy Bears who walked round performing some old classic songs. They interacted with diners if they wished but let people get on with their meal if they wanted to.

The organisation was slick. Coat taken when you arrived and they knew exactly which was yours when you left. The courses and wine were served by lovely friendly staff and enough time was allowed in between courses to allow us to digest and enjoy the wine.

We booked our table for 8.30, which I'm glad about as seeing Andrew Nutter's picture on Twitter showed there were at least 160 tables dining over the course of the night. We weren't rushed off our table.

Overall we loved it and will definitely be back!

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

To say that we came away a tad disappointed from supper at Nutters Restaurant, would be an understatement. Never having been to eat at Nutters before we chose the gourmet menu to, as the menu describes, sample some specialities. Our first observation is that the chef should be tasting his own food and consider using a little more salt to bring out the flavour of the food. We are not talking about loading up with salt, just adding a touch to what seems to be none at all. Now this may well be a personal opinion as we all use varying amounts so wanted to get this out of the way in the first instance.
Service was nothing to write home about and although each dish was described by the waitress, the noisy environment and rushed explanation left us guessing at contents so forgive me if I get it wrong. Although good flavour could have saved the day, it didn’t and we are still trying to work out in some cases what we had. We started off with some cauliflower soup but no better than one that you can make at home or buy from M&S. This was followed by Black Sea Bream on a salad made with cooked onions & bacon, fresh baby tomatoes and cucumber with a basil dressing served with a twee tomato reduction that added colour but no flavour and balsamic dressing reduction. So many flavours clamouring for attention and a confused plate. The fish was cooked well but again, with not a scrap of salt was left wanting.
Second course – another fish course. Why? What happened to serving a “light meat” next, something like chicken or even Dingley Dell pork belly which appears on both the specials and a la carte menu (that’s what I call a speciality!). This salmon dish was served on a bed of samphire and snow peas and surrounded by a (curried?) prawn reduction. The reduction was fighting against the strong flavour of the salmon and the only way to taste it was to eat it without anything and the salmon was overcooked and verging on dry.
This was followed by a fillet of beef that defied all cooking methods. It was about 1.5cm thick, rare at the top 2-3mm and dry and overcooked in the rest. Served with pickled red cabbage. Pickled cabbage???????? that clashed so badly with the beef and all of this served with a trio of boiled potatoes and some beef reduction.
To our surprise, our 6th course was coffee. Now I don’t want to seem picky but I’m going to be – since when is filter coffee considered a speciality? Was it the 3 mini (teeny tiny!) petit fours that make it so? I doubt it.
Gourmet Menu? A selection of Nutters specialities? Don’t bother.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

I went there with a girl friend as we were treating each other for our respective special birthdays. We wanted the "Gourmet Menu" and we weren't disappointed. I am a veggie and she eats meat but not fish. Every course was sublime. My particular favourite was the Lancashire cheese tart- but each one was delicious. I was especially impressed that my veggie food was treated with such imagination and care. Not a stroganoff, veggie lasagne or butternut squash ravioli in sight. Yay! I was also delighted that the wine started at a reasonable price- not cheap but certainly not ridiculous. Service was superb and we had a brilliant evening.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

We visited as a party of 6. It's a pretty impressive looking building as you drive up to it from the main road. The interior is clean and modern looking. We were given drinks and canapés in the bar area while we chose our meal. We all decided on the 6 course tasting menu and were asked for any dislikes, which was a nice touch. At our table we were brought a lovely soup and warm bread rolls, followed by a sea bass fillet. This was pleasant but would have benefitted from crispier skin. A long unexplained wait followed and another late of fish appeared, salmon this time. Cooked better than the sea bass. Then the main course was a fillet of beef with some very funky purple potatoes. Because you don't know what you're getting in advance, it's not possible to specify how you like your beef cooked. It was maybe a bit pink for some and not pink enough for others. The dessert platter was huge, with an outstanding fresh raspberry brûlée. Coffee and petit fours to finish. It would have been nice to have been asked what we wanted, as I'm much more of a tea drinker. And you need to let staff know if you're a left hander, because the cups are definitely right handed! The service was ok, but needs to have a bit more snap and direction about it. It was good, but not outstanding

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