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Italian, African, European, British
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 4 March 2024 via mobile

On a busy Saturday night, the service was slow, we started with sourdough and labneh & dukkha, then shared their rarebit on a flatbread with a nice sauce, that was the highlight. I followed with cod and monkfish with mussels, the fish was good but...the mussels with it were cold. My wife chose lamb rump which was also cold and was undercooked. We cancelled a second booking.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 26 February 2024

Went for lunch really good food and service reasonable wine list my only complaint was the dishes came out 1 at a time rather than together which I expected given the description of the small to large plates by the waiter

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

Excellent small plate take on tapas. Wonderful food presented in a refreshing manner. Shared choices worked brilliantly.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

As a group of friends, we ordered almost all the savoury dishes to share. They were each exquisite, really delicious and interesting flavours. We sadly over-ordered as did not realise how generous the portions would be - but we will know next time. The service...was very good and the restaurant had a nice atmosphere despite being a little quiet (in January!). It definitely deserves to be full. Thoroughly recommend eating here and although it would be great as a couple, going with a group gives you the chance to share the dishes which are designed for that. Roll on our next visit!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 January 2024

Do not miss this treat! We were lucky enough to be allocated a table for six at only a few days notice and “ lucky” is the correct word because the food is truly spectacular: literally melt in your mouth, every dish between us was...consistent in its exquisite taste and this has left us pining to return- if only they were closer! Great trouble was taken by the staff to explain the vegetarian options and the service generally was impeccable. And it gets even better when you pay the bill as for once, this was a pleasant surprise. An extremely high standard of cooking that provides a sincere experience of taste and altogether a quite unique evening. Go here for a taste uplift. Brilliant Huge compliments to the chefs.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 January 2024

We chose this restaurant because the menu looked "different". We were a little confused at first but the waitress was clear in telling us it was a tapas-type set up with sharing plates, and food would come out at different intervals. We had mussels, flatbread,...a chicked dish, steak, hake, all of which were oozing with flavour, beautifully cooked and presented. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Our only negative comment is we live too far away to come here very often!!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023 via mobile

What a fantastic place to eat! The flavour of each dish served was absolutely amazing! Would recommend this place to everyone, very reasonable priced for top class food.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Great. it was very enjoyable on all levels - food, wine, atmosphere and staff. Will go again and....again.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2023

Lovely lunch. Just 2 of us so we sadly didn’t get every dish on the menu but what we did have was superb. I can highly recommend the fried chicken and the pork schnitzel. Super venue and fabulous service.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023

Great setting, more informal and relaxed but decorated really well if you want a simple and not overly romantic spot. Excellent food and variety - we really enjoyed the flatbread and the seabass were our favourite, though it doesn't matter as I believe the menu...changes often. The let down was the dessert - the rum baba was a let down, the sponge was dry to the point of brittle but the rum held it together - just. Overall, for the Michelin recognition, it was surprisingly in budget. Under £90 including three glasses of wine and 5 small plates.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 4 November 2023 via mobile

We booked this after great reviews on TA. We were not disappointed. We were on a 2 night break in Helmsley and wanted something special for the Saturday evening. The service was excellent and the waitress explained how the menu worked. Every dish was of...a high quality and enjoyed every dish. You will not be disappointed with this place and the overall atmosphere in the restaurant topped it off.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023 via mobile

Quite a plain restaurant and limited menu but the food was lovely and fresh. Quite pricey for the portion sizes but as it a treat it was a nice meal

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 October 2023

This restaurant is special. Any adverse comments on Tripadvisor are really from people who want the usual standard meat and veg, and didn’t recognise this is a sharing place with exceptional qualities. We found the menu excellent and the flavours outstanding throughout and the food...was presented with impeccable timing. Despite the place being full service was first class; the way to order was well explained and the waitress was both f4iendly and efficient. Full marks!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2023

Unusual taster style menu takes some getting used to, but the taste of the food is amazing. It’s definitely worth trying so don’t be put off by the menu.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 October 2023

We were lucky enough to come across this restaurant by chance and cannot recommend more highly. The menu was refreshingly different, food delicious and the the service excellent. Would definitely go back.

Date of visit: October 2023
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