Having 5 bloggers descending on you to review and unpick your menu is bound to be rather nerve racking but if it was the case, it certainly did no show: the General Manageress was relaxed & discreet, the staff watching your every need but not overly so, possibly albeit rather puzzled at the paparazzi effect every time drinks or food was bought to our table.
I declared straight away that I was not, I repeat not going to drink, that was before the first cocktails arrived. They looked so refreshing that I succumbed to a Caipirinha and was not disappointed. Cocktails in my opinion scored 8 out of 10, if only for the double expresso Martini which change my views on double expressos for ever.
My starter a wild rabbit, duck heart and pistacchio terrine with a pinch of flaky salt, was a tasty assortment of complementary meats. As across the table, crayfish and avocado salad was abundant, Steak Tartare, raw quail's egg not often seen on menus was being highly praised by Johanna of The Passionate Cook, the oysters were avidly being talked about by Sarah of Maison Cupcake.
You would have thought that by now we were about to inplode, but certainly not Jeanne of Cook Sister! and I shared the dessert which suited me fine as I like my cheese before the pudding and by sharing nobody noticed my widely French habit. British cheeses consisted of
- Wookey Hole Cheddar
- Isle of Avalon
- Bosworth Ash
- Barkham Blue
The portions were very generous, the menu was well thought out and overall, the food nicely executed, the price £38 (drinks not included). I will always associate Bearnaise with that meal and if you can come out of a restaurant with one long lasting memory, that means that the place must be doing something right.