I may have given the game away just a couple of lines into my review, but honestly, this place deserves it.
I went a few months ago as part of an official Grub Club visit (where a group of friends and I try and go out to a different restaurant once a month), and loved it then, so when my lovely friend Dani (of festival going-fame) chose it as the destination for her birthday dinner, I was practically drooling with anticipation in the run up to the evening…
There were about 10 of us in the group, so we had a private dining room just off the bar – but I have eaten in the restaurant before and the atmosphere is lively but intimate.
And the food was to die for. It is genuinely one of the best meals I have had out in a long time…potentially since the Caxton Grill extravaganza (which you can read about here)
For starter I had Local Gin Cured Salmon with Beetroot Coleslaw and Farringtons dressing. The flavours were so delicate, but perfectly combined. It literally melted in my mouth.
My lovely Mr YOTY had the chicken liver pate, which is usually my favourite starter pick on a menu, but as I had it on a previous visit and could already attest to its deliciousness, I decided to try something different.
The pate is velvety smooth, with flavours that pack a punch. It was a resounding hit with everyone there that had it. My Mr YOTY was particularly happy with the bread to pate ratio, which was spot on!
Then on to the main course…
I had a Glazed chicken breast with Thai squash, pea and spinach curry and sesame dressing. It was so delicious that I can almost taste it now. The thai flavours tantalised my tastebuds. It had a nice kick to it without being overpowering, and had lots of tasty coriander to emphasise the flavours (though some non Coriander lovers amongst the group felt it was a bit strong).
My Mr YOTY had Slow Braised Beef with Ale Gracy and creamy mash. A stew style dish isn’t really my thing, but he raved about it. I loved the presentation of everything as well, it really showed attention to detail.
There were some other tasty treats on the menu as well which I will certainly be going back to sample, including this Grilled sea bream with a Thai Noodle salad and sesame dressing.
Desserts were really just the icing on the cake, the Arctic Role was surprisingly light and refreshing for the palette.
And the chocolate tart was deliciously rich and velvety smooth….
Main courses were £6 – £7 each, with main courses falling around the £14 – £18 mark, and pudds would set you back about £6. So a three course meal is around £30 (excluding liquid refreshments).
A perfectly reasonable treat for a special occasion, and highly recommended!