So three visits in two weeks and you as a reader say to yourself, "Well it can not be bad then if you came back." and to some degree you would be correct.
The trouble with this restaurant is consistency. They have a good chef and an extremely good value menu at £28.95 for three courses per couple including a bottle of house wine, now that is great but the trouble is you accept some short-comings because of the price and wouldn't be such a regular client without the special offer. On the first visit I had the fish platter for a starter which was sublime even though rollmops with smoked salmon are in texture a bit of a clash, on the second visit (same menu) I opted for the lamb ralettes which looked like chewed up lamb chops rolled into a ball and tased of absolutely nothing and I mean nothing. Similarly upon visit two others had the brocolli soup which we sent back and chef agreed that it had no flavour, seasoning people it's as key as tasting the food before it leaves the kitchen. Now as with many artistes there is a wee air of arrogance from the kitchen in for example you get your meat the way chef thinks it should be cooked, ok fair enough but when your good lady doesn't like pink mashed potatoes she shouldn't have to get them. Also we do know the difference between a chicken supreme and poussin so please don't try to pass it off as such, there's a big physical difference in beasty size there guys...
The service is good although not quite up to four star and certainly not silver service, good enough though and whilst overall standards are there the last 5% is just missing and I get the feeling the hotel is just slightly in air above it's breathing station. Like many of our school reports, must try harder and could do better. Attention to detail is lacking.
Will we go back? Yes. When they drop the special menu? No.
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