7 Jan 2010,  Mrs W’s birthday treat Part 1. A restaurant worth a special trip.

The food was almost entirely wonderful, the service a touch too fawning. Overall it was terrific value for money as a package alongside sumptuous accommodation. Pre-dinner drinks and a morning pot of tea brought to our room in the garden house was a nice touch considering the temperature outside had got down to -10°C.

We were treated to several courses of Michelin starred magnificence.

Canapes: Venison skewers (lovely), olives, ham terrine, goats cheese, parsnip crisps

Chefs Surprise Savoury: Pumpkin and Parmesan soup (creamy and rich…v good)


Mr W: Pan fried seafood (perfectly cooked), white wine & chervil nage, oscistra caviar, baby bok choi & herb gnocchi

Mrs W: Polenta, sauteed ceps & chinese artichoke



Mr W: Roast Loin of Wild Venison, braised red cabbage, Ratte potato purée, blackberry vinegar & sloe gin (excellent with lovely rich autumn flavours)

Mrs W: Slow Cooked Rib Eye of Scotch Beef (too pink for Mrs W when she is expecting!) , steamed suet pudding, roast baby carrots, parsley tuber purée


Pre-dessert: Hazelnut foam, hazelnut ice cream


Assiette of Desserts to share comprising:

Pinenut Custard, pear sorbet, rum bubble, brown sugar puree

Devil’s Food Cake, pumpkin cream (a bit odd), chestnut mousse

Prune & Armagnac Souffle, prune & Armagnac ice cream (With Mrs W expecting I got this booze fest to myself!)

Mississippi Mud Pie, mandarin sorbet, frozen chocolate powder, pistachio soil (best dish of the evening with stunning contrasts between the rich chocolate pie and the clean, fresh mandarin sorbet)


Coffee, Chocolates & Petits Fours (only poor note in almost the whole meal was a quite unpleasant cinnamon jelly truffle…fabulous chocolates and pate fruits though otherwise)

Wines by the glass (Firefinch Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Robertson and Mad Fish 2008 Pinot Noir) were both excellent.


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