As soon as the list came out yesterday, I noticed that lo and behold yet another Michelin Star in the Kent & Sussex area .... I could hardly wait this morning to book a table .... No problem ... Just went on the website and booked a table for 2 for lunch ... Got an immediate response and was all booked in for 1300 .... No problem finding the place ..... Apparently it used to be a pub and this is quite apparent from the outside .... Not ... I might hesitate on the inside .... The décor is modern and very welcoming .... There is a small lounge area as you enter with a real fire ... nice! .... The restaurant is actually rather large but the tables appeared to be spaced out correctly .... It had a right nice feel to it ...... After we were seated and our orders taken .... some warm fresh fruit bread was bought to the table on a wooden board with butter and chestnut honey ... It was absolutely gorgeous and we gobbled it all up very quickly -:)
Next came the Starters ... I had the Oak smoked haddock, slow cooked egg and Jerusalem artichoke .... This was perfection on a plate .... The egg was divine .... oozy and gooey and nicely balanced against the smoked haddock .... The artichoke crisps lifted the dish to another level ... Yummy ! ...... My companion opted for the Pork pie, pickled onions and real ale jelly .... The pie was a decent size ... More than generous really .... Pickled onions were lovely and went really well with the pork ... My companion didn't really get the real ale jelly and I have to agree ... Not my cup of tea .... But hey ho ... We all like different things in the world of food .... The pork pie though was bloody scrumptious -:)
Then along came the mains and WOW! WOW! WOW! ..... My companion had the Slow cooked Gloucester old spot belly pork with fennel gratin ..... The pork was so tender it almost melted in your mouth whilst the fennel gratin was delicious and extremely tasty ... I kept diving in myself because it was so lovely .... Beautiful crispy crackling on the pork was a pleasure to eat ..... Meanwhile .... I choose the whole roast Partridge honeyed quince, buttered leaves and bread pudding ..... Mainly because I thought that they were unusual combinations to throw together .... My oh my ..... Talk about yummylicious food .... Every single component on the plate was cooked to perfection and blended together like a marriage made in heaven .... if such a place exists! ... The bread pudding was inspired and went very well with the Partridge and greens .... the honeyed quince was sumptuous and added an extra dimension to the dish ... My companion was really impressed witht he presentation of this dish ..... On a wooden chopping board ..... With steak knife on the side .... We eat with our eyes .... and I defy anybody to resist such a beautiful looking board of food ..... Ok .... i think you are getting the picture here ..... we loved it -:)
Finally on to the Deserts .... I decided to go with the rhubarb .... and I was not disappointed .... You can appreciate all the work that went into creating this dish .... So many different elements fusing together in an end result of sheer brilliance ... Ok .... that's a bit OTT ...... but it was gorgeous ...... My companion opted for the Prunes .... Now before you run and hide .... It is nothing like we used to have with our school dinners .... These are a notch and half above all that ... For a start the said prunes are soaked in Armagnac and then warmed through and placed on top of the creamiest rice pudding we have ever tasted .... These two desserts were little bites of deliciousness and we ate every single morsel on the plate ... Thanks cheffie !!!
The Service was very good and cannot be faulted in any way possible ..... They were courteous, helpful and friendly ... Thankyou for making us feel so welcome .... especially as I had a bad toothache when I entered the premises .... I soon forgot all about that though ... Once the gorgeous bread arrived -:)
Bill came to approx £62.80 inc one beer and one apple drink ... I asked for iced tap water and this was not a problem -:)
All in all a wonderful yummy and scrumptious lunch ..... Well worth the money and we will definitely be returning ..... Maybe in the evening this time .... So that we can enjoy a drink or two -:)
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