We were so excited about collecting our meal to pick us up from our lockdown blues but were sorely disappointed to say the least. It came in 2 brown paper bags. I eagerly investigated the contents. Firstly a tub with one truffle in and no lid so the other was rolling around at the bottom of the bag. One bigger and one tiny. The salad was very roughly chopped apple fennel and chilli thrown into a tub looking lacklustre and uncareingly prepared. No dressing so just dry. I would have expected a little container of something to dress it in. The fish cakes were tasty little things and once I had added my own simple dressing of olive oil and lemon juice to the salad made a very pleasant starter. The pork steaks were dry . The sauce was tasty enough but the description tantalising more than the eating experience. The root dauphinois was well cooked and again pleasant to eat but needed a good crack of black pepper or nutmeg maybe to lift it. The cauliflower hard and grey and the sunflower dukkah irrelevant. The greens and peas were hard work not succulent and tender as they should have been. The posset wasn’t the most attractive of things as the rhubarb had leached pink juice. It was very smooth but lacked a burst of lemon flavour that would have been provided by a good grating of zest. I think only juice was added making it merely acidic and rhubarb didn’t add anything and could have been sweeter. We didn’t bother tasting the insultingly pathetic truffles. Shan’t order again. Maybe river cottage is resting on the name now and given up actually delivering what they espouse.
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