After a wander along the Farrow & Ball colour chart that is the main street of Long Melford, the Swan looked an inviting proposition and the lobster weekend promised a treat for lunch. So with a nice pint of Golden Hen in hand, I ordered six oysters and the lobster thermidor. The oysters were delicious, needing nothing with them to enjoy their flavour. A helping hand in preparation would have been a nice touch, to save wrestling them out of their shells.
Then the lobster arrived, looking very sorry for itself; I felt sorry for the lobster before I started. I looked, and tasted, as if it had a cheese sauce dumped on it, and then popped under the grill. Having to wrestle the meat from the shell wasn't so easy - although the claw had been removed from its shell. As I neared the end, the meat near the bottom almost felt like it had only just been defrosted (perhaps coming down from Norfolk it needed extra freezing?). The accompanying chips were good, but the fiddly salad in a high-sided bowl was designed for style, not for convenience of the customer.
My wife did better by avoiding the temptation of lobster - except for some worrying pink loin of pork.
The coffee at the end - espresso - was good and strong with a delightful crema.
Staff were good, attentive, and friendly – and clearly well-known to many who came in. But the overall effect felt a tad as if they were trying too hard. But then, with the array of Aston Martins, Range Rovers, Mercedes and the like down the road, perhaps they know what their customers expect.
My wife has been before, and is going again, for light lunch which she reported is far better value.
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