Our first visit since the place has re-opened, staffed by apprentices from Kendal College and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fine dining at affordable prices and it wouldn't cross your mind that your meal was being conjured up and served by apprentices. Presentation was fabulous, staff were professional and the food was very tasty.
We were surprised by two interesting looking amuse bouche - a mini filo roll filed with salmon mousse topped with caviar and a mini tartlet of liver something or other (I don't like liver but it was delish!). We joked with the waiter that they were so delicious he could keep them coming and bless him, he did! We were then given arancini balls (risotto balls, coated and deep fried) and they were my favourite! They had a real earthy mushroom flavour.
I had the starter of scallops on a bed of shredded carrot and pea shoots (I think) and a main of pea and mint ravioli with a pesto and bean dressing with parmesan shavings. All was delicious and cooked perfectly.
I even had a dessert which I never do of pistachio and olive oil cake, with an orange sorbet. It was beautifully presented and I went home fit to burst, but happy.
If I had to nit pick, I would perhaps agree with some other reviewers that I don't personally like the make-over in the room to the right, it's lost the cosy, relaxed feel it had. I must admit I didn't realise it was trying to be an art gallery too until I read these reviews, so that might explain the stark white wall and halogen lights which don't quite fit the rest of the building. If you're going for a romantic meal I'd ask to be seated in any of the areas on the left which have more character and more atmosphere.
We will be back though!
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