First visit for me but return trip for my colleagues, staff Christmas lunch followed by a few cocktails in the bookable lounge area. We had chosen our three courses ahead of the day. We arrived and a small friendly team immediately took drink orders whilst we waited for everyone. Once the drinks were served and every one seated the starters arrived and in a refreshing change of style the staff appeared saying "okay I have John and Mary's" and "whilst I have Susan, Peter and Mike's" this approach continued with the other courses making everything quick and hassle free (you know the hassle people, when someone can't remember what they ordered so they pinch yours cos "it looks good" forcing you to pinch Pete's starter even though you know it's not yours but you're worried you'll get stuck with that one vomit inducing starter on the menu filled with every food you truly hate by which time the other guy has devoured yours completely and is smugly licking the plate!). So hassle avoided, I had ordered (and received) mushroom bruschetta (posh mushrooms on toast), seafood pasta (a huge portion of salmon, smoked haddock, white fish, prawns and four large scallops in a light cream sauce with a good portion of pasta all perfectly cooked) followed by chocolate brownie with ice cream. Portions large, staff fabulous, service faultless and the following cocktails delicious (I'm not a big drinker but that rhubarb gin fizz was sooooooooo good I had to try several !!!!!! All in, this is a fantastic venue with wonderful food and a quality of staff service not often seen these days - attentive, efficient, friendly but not intrusive. No idea of the price (my boss paid for mine as a Christmas present... I know lucky me), but we all agreed it was fabulous. Please note: the names have been changed to protect the slightly tipsy!!
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