This restaurant is within the Waterhead Hotel and, like the hotel, it aims for a slightly urban boutique feel. Decor is chic and fun with nice touches from the wall decorations and lighting. The menu nods towards fine dining but emerges from the kitchens with a slightly larger portion size and a few home cooking errors. Nevertheless, some dishes are certainly a very high standard. The night we went, our pigeon breast starter was a little too large and meat overcooked. The desert, however, was a chocolate creation that would have appeared happily on the menu at several high end eateries in London.
Service is friendly and wanting to please but some touches aren't quite right. When you arrive, I'd like the option to sit in the bar first or go straight to the table (you don't seem to get it). I'd like the staff to dispense with the plastic name tags in the evening and I think the restaurant manager should wear a suit. Picky? Minor details? Yes, but I've eaten in great restaurants in London for a similar price, and those picky details make it worth the money so let's try 'eh?
Bottom line though - we had a great night and the friendly atmosphere and full dining room with views of the lake more than made up for any criticism. Please try - especially if you stay in the hotel.
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