Stayed at the Royal Crescent for one night with my husband for our anniversary. He is vegetarian, I am not. The decision to book and stay was based on the menu available to veggies - its not widely published, they simply say they cater for veggies - so we requested the menu, and duly booked. It an expensive experience to dine at the Dower House, and the mood on a week day evening was refined as opposed to vibrant - we had a drink in the bar first - although off menu the mojito I had was good, and nibbles arrived from the kitchen. They were relatively simply, but nonetheless appealing as a pre-dinner extra. There was then a pre-starter amuse bouche, involving jelly (apparently veggie friendly, we asked, and peas/ mint). To start I had the scallop sashimi which was delicate (as you'd expect) and lovely, and my husband the quinoa with fennel, roasted onion seeds, stilton beignet & walnut oil. The stilton wasn't overwhelming,and apparently it was very good. As my main course I had the lamb served pink - it was good but a little greasy - I should have read the discretion better - it was lamb, sat on top of lamb, with other bits of lamb; and nothing really to cut through the richness. The veggie main was Spelt, red chard, carrots, sherry jelly, hazelnut paste & crumb: I got the chance to taste the cream spelt, and it was truly creamy, but with some bite which gave a nice texture. There was a pre-dessert dessert, and we then had a pineapple cheesecake, and a strawberry & lavender creme brûlée. Its a running joke I always have cheese cake - and I should have done so; it was beautiful - instead I had the creme brûlée - the lavender was possibly a little overwhelmed by the strawberries but it was as expected very good too. FYI: I love food (in case you haven't gathered that), and I'm being possibly over critical!! The service was discrete and efficient, and there is a sommelier on hand if you need. Finally: best wholemeal/rye bread I have EVER had (there are three options, make sure you try that one).
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