From the moment you arrive at the Waterside you know you have stumbled across a hidden gem! When you arrive it looks nothing special and you follow the signs where you suddenly find yourself at the top of a stair case (lift for those not able to do the stairs) looking down on a romantic scene of the canal front, a ceiling of fairy lights and rustic wooden tables set for 2 with fresh roses and candles flickering! The outside space is actually covered but the roof is so high it isn't intrusive and you feel like you are sat outside. Inside is a lovely seating area tot he side by the bar with cosy armchairs. We were seated at a lovely table, the music was subtle but fitted the evening perfectly. The menu is a problem....choosing that is! Starters are impressive......seafood risotto, pate, mussels, mini roast dinner ever! I went for the pigeon on a bed of black pudding mash and cabbage and my other half went for the mushroom tart on a bed of salad leaves. Both were delicious and a perfect size-both would have also made a lovely main course too as the care and attention put into the starters was incredible. Our main courses arrived and the food was lovely and fresh...once again another dilemma choosing! There was fish and duck and chicken as well as a specials board of steaks. I had a chicken breast on a bed of pasta with a lovely bacon and cream sauce. My other half went for the beef pie which has a choice of puff or short pastry and lovely large chunks of beef, served with mash and gravy. The pudding menu was equally as tempting with pineapple tart, cheese board and apple crumble. We went for a dark chocolate and banana cheesecake to share (which shows the portion sizes are decent-we don't often share a pudding!) It was served in a glass and was full of flavour and a lovely fresh flavour. I am not a wine buff but the chalkboard offered 32 different wines and a full bar selection. The prices are average for the area, main courses are almost cheap in comparison to some places we have visited recently. Starters were around the £6-9 mark and main course £12 up to 25 for a T bone steak. Our bill for 2 courses each, shared pudding, 2 large wines and 2 soft drinks was around the £55 mark. For a romantic intimate meal or a grown up meal with friends and family this place is a gem hidden down a side street you must find. I can't wait to go back!
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