Four of us arrived promptly for a 7.30pm reservation. We waited a few moments the the Maître D came out of the dining room and told us to wait in the bar and someone would bring us a menu. Someone arrived and took a drinks order and brought menus. The venison was finished and the only meat dish left was duck. No problem we all liked duck. They took us through to the restaurant at 8.10pm but it was 8.30 before our starters arrived. Scallops and cod cheeks. Well the scallops were superb, beautifully cooked and the cod cheeks.....they were missing. The duck arrived 45 Mins after they cleared the starters - a little slow. Mine was excellent but my husband had the two ends cut from mine. I think there were two duck breasts between the four of us. The fois gras that accompanied it was a delight. I ordered the pear soufflé for dessert as pear is a favourite of mine. This was a huge disappointment. It was not a soufflé but was a soft meringue browned on the top. There was not the slightest trace of pear or even the egg yoke come to that. My husband had more success with the cheese. There was an excellent choice of cheeses with grapes, celery and chutney and a great selection of biscuits. One small irritation during the evening was the music, marginally too loud, an album of Frank Sinatra hits. The third time it played on a loop Frank had lost his appeal. The staff were plentiful but service was in short supply. In all, it was not up to the standard I was expecting from its reputation.
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