Enjoyed a fabulous dinner here last night with my husband for our first wedding anniversary. My high expectations were not disappointed.
Upon arrival, i was immediately spotted from across the room by the friendly maitre'd who accommodated me in the lounge area with a mocktail (delicious) and some small snacky type things, along with a glass of water (nice touch), and menus to peruse.
We were shown to our table, promptly attended to with breads etc (delicious - fresh out of the oven). Service was impeccable the whole night, not intrusive, very respectful and efficient.
We opted for the two course set menu - myself for main and dessert (being 8 months pregnant doesn't leave me with a lot of room in my stomach these days i'm afraid!), and my husband for starter and main. Husband's crab starter looked and tasted fantastic (from what he told me!) and as a rather nice gesture they brought me out a tiny teacup of the carrot soup as an amuse bouche type thing since i hadn't ordered a starter. Not necessary, but appreciated - it was delicious!
Mains - Husband opted for venison (fantastically executed) and i had the steak. A bit of a funny business with my ordering the steak rare, the maitre 'd came over to confirm that's definitely how i wanted it cooked (indicating to the fact i was pregnant). I agreed, yes it was absolutely fine to cook it rare (i haven't been adhering to that particular guideline very strictly through pregnancy and baby is just fine) :). However, it would seem perhaps the chef wasn't quite willing to take the same chance and my steak arrived medium rare - quite ok and i didn't complain it was still delicious. We opted for the cauliflower gratin and comber potatoes to accompany - both excellent.
For dessert i had the profiterole swans which were rather beautiful and impressive - honeycomb icecream with it was to die for. Husband opted for a double espresso.
Overall, fabulous room, lots of interesting things to look at, food and service excellent and couldn't be faulted - did not disappoint! Yes it's expensive (although i have to say the mid week set menu was rather good value) but it's well worth it as the quality is superb.
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