This restaurant specializes in British food. Why British not English? Apparently because they use salmon from Scotland. A good choice therefore.
The lunch was wonderful, we sat outside as I like to watch the passing people, but they held our reserved inside table on a very busy day as it was a little gusty and occasionally rain threatened.
The service was prompt courteous and efficient. The menu was varied using local produce, including wines. Best to walk through my choices to describe it.
Aperitif. English sparkling wine (apparently soil and climate close to Champagne area, and Chapel Down have won prizes against the Reims Champagne producers in blind tastings) with a shot of elderflower. This was almost undetectable, oh so subtle, until contrasted with daughters similar sparkling with raspberry - at first taste also undetectable.
Starter was a pigeon breast, with pine nuts and celeriac puree, and not tough as pigeon can be. Served rare (blue) as it should be. Went well with the claret.
Claret was from France, and despite youth (2009) was delicious. They opened it as requested as soon as ordered to let it breathe. Though a bit heavy for the Pork belly with crisp scratching, for me just delicious. No real English red equivalent in my book. Served with cabbage, roast veg and a small pot of apple butter (probably from the trees that fed the pigs in the Brogdale Farm). Roast potatoes to accompany it all. Not boring at all. An exercise in how to do a roast dinner just perfectly.
Dessert wine was a velvety chocolate (really did have strong chocolate overtones) English product by Rubis, served at room temperature! An adventure for me (not a Sauternes) but was a perfect accompaniment to a rhubarb crumble with home made custard.
We skipped the digestifs (it was lunchtime) coffees were the usual choice including decaff (if you must).
Lovely location, near the cathedral entrance and city centre, amongst a small group of eateries. Family owned and run. Great service, good wine, adventurous food, or classics done to perfection. I love it. Second locally only to Kathton House which is a trip out of town.
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