We haven't been to La Becasse since before Will Holland left last year, when we had a lovely meal, so we were a little unsure as to what to expect. We need not have been apprehensive. We went at lunchtime when there is a set price menu (£30 for 2 courses, £35 for three), the choices being restricted to three for each of the first and second courses. I had a rabbit presse for my first course, my partner had a langoustine pancake. For the main course, I had pigeon and my partner had slow-cooked beef. I would not normally have a third course, but the chocolate dish was the chef's competition-winning dish (and I adore chocolate) so I indulged myself and my partner had a strawberry confection which looked (and tasted) delicious. We also had some very tasty extras: three different home-baked breads; a Ludlow blue cheese croquet canapé; an amuse-bouche cauliflower soup with scallop ice-cream; and a beautiful refreshing mango and raspberry sorbet pre-dessert.
The food was superb. Chef Chris O'Halloran is a star (and deserves one - honestly, who can guess how stars are awarded?). Every mouthful was gorgeous. If I had to single anything out for special praise, it would be the pigeon. I was almost tempted to go with the exceedingly tender beef, but was encouraged to stick with my first choice and was really glad I did. It was cooked to perfection.
The service was immaculate; charming, friendly, unobtrusive, helpful. I really enjoyed the whole experience and thoroughly recommend La Becasse. My compliments to Chris O'Halloran and his great team.
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