We ate here on Christmas Day 2013. The restaurant is attractive and was well decorated both inside and out. The seating arrangement was perfectly fine and the service was professional and courteous. We chose the menu gourmand. Our starter was (as they unnecessarily said) a perfectly cooked egg in a purée of Jerusalem artichoke on top of a puree of chestnuts, and some slices of truffle. It was delicious. The main course was filet of venison. There were three small pieces which were ok, topped with a slightly tasteless undercooked piece of mushroom. The vegetables consisted of small cubes of ‘forgotten vegetables’ like parsnip (which I actually eat quite often) and rutabaga. There were also ‘petals’ of pretty raw Brussels sprout. Overall I found it quite disappointing. I had cheese from the cheeseboard and my mother had their ‘savarin au rhum’, a sort of posh baba au rhum, which looked gorgeous and I from the little bit I tasted was very good. However, I found the amuses-bouche they brought too acidic, and then from time to time someone would come and put a tray of marshmallow or chocolate truffles in front of us. I could tell that the people serving were concentrating more on getting their spiel right, rather than engaging with the customers, which for me is a mistake. They might also think about a total redesign of their ladies and gents facilities. When my mum needed to visit them, I had to take her to show her how to get in, otherwise she would never have worked it out. It was difficult to identify which was which and there was a smoked glass door, which opened by swiping your hand over a button somewhere, which was not at all obvious. In other words – this was not a very user-friendly environment. It’s a pity because the place has potential. I just would have expected more from a 2* restaurant.
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