My husband and I went to the Angel having had an excellent taster menu in December last year. It was because the taster menu was so good that we decided to go again. I had mussels to start which were average and despite being £8.95 did not come with any bread (extra charge of £2.95). My husband ordered the Liver Parfait which was excellent. The main course menu was very limited and we settled on the griddled steak (more out of need to select something rather than really wanting this). I had mine rare and my husbands was blue- both were tough (my husband left half) and we told the waiter but were still charged full price. The vegetables were well cooked but were basic. Given our previous experience we were extremly disappointed by the considerable drop in the food standard and decided not to have a pudding and we cut the meal short.
I understand that the chef has changed since December and this may account for the change in quality. Also we were told that the menu was new and had only been running for a couple of days (although in my view, a good chef should be able to cope with this).
The food was very expensive for what it was and the wine list is expensive and suited for a fine dining restaurant which this was not.
On the plus side the waiters were very friendly and the ambience is less formal and more relaxed than before.The restaurant does also have a very good view of Dartmouth Harbour.
My overall impression was that the restaurant was looking to capture tourist trade (ie one off customers) rather than repetative local trade for which good quality is important.
The restaurant is part of the 10 in 8 group and I have been looking forward to going to other restuarants in this group since our meal in December. I do now have reservations about this.
Price for 2 starters (mussels / parfait), 2 mains (steak, mash, green beans) and one bottle of pinot grigio £106.
During our stay in Dartmouth, we also ate at Royal Castle Hotel (very good), Browns Hotel (good), Rock Fish (takeaway only) (excellent). All of which are cheaper.
I would love to eat at the Angel again if it returns to its high standards and would go back if the reviews indicated that it has improved.
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