20 years, almost to the day, since I was last here. Boy oh boy does that make me feel old…and oddly they didn’t remember me…
Nevertheless we received a hearty welcome at this unstuffiest of 1 * places.
No faffing with the food either.
One 'amuse while you choose '( my naff rhyming,. not theirs ) a little pork croquette with piccalilli sauce - very scoffable.
Starters were probably the most consistent courses. Monkfish with ginger, chili and tomato was crashingly great. My dill with oyster sauce and a smidge of caviar was a thing of beauty - subtle, spot on and had me wishing I had saved some bread to mop up the remains of the sauce.
Mains were mixed but still solid. Pork three ways ( loin, cheek and a little bolognesey bit ) with cauliflower was just delicious while duck was robust but a bit rich for my better halfs preference esp as all of the veggie side dishes had some sort of cheese involved.
Puds included a white chocolate and caramel fondant with apple sorbet - very warm and gooey and rich, neatly headed off by the sharpish apple sorbet…and a lemon meringue pie which had had a bit of the deconstructionist about it, & which we were thus less keen on.
Overall, a lovely relaxed vibe for food of this quality. Staff almost universally chatty and helpful.
Still recommended and back on the list for another visit in 2039