We tried Artisan, a wine bar/restaurant for lunch a week or so ago and it was our first visit since the refurbishment and rebranding. What a lovely surprise! The interior is very current yet cosy with comfortable seating/fabrics. The downstairs is set out as semicircular booths and upstairs is booth-type tables which overlook the ground floor, with some very imaginative photography of local scenes decorating the walls. We both chose hamburgers (something I would normally avoid) but it was the tastiest one I have eaten since living in the US. Homemade too! One order of fries was plenty for two to share. As we enjoyed our lunch so much, we decided to revisit with friends in the evening a couple of weeks later. There was more of a buzz in the evening, as you would expect. Our friends were very impressed as it was their first visit since re-opening. Our food was tasty and good meat portion sizes were offered. We chose two Lite Bites for starters for 4 - the deep fried cauliflower and garlic mayo was scrummy! The Thai rolls were great too. For mains, my husband ordered the steak which he said was very slightly tough with not quite enough fries (Pont Neuf as they are described) but then he has a large appetite. The only disappointment was that the side dish green vegetables was on the small side, slightly overcooked and there were no serving spoons - not a crisis but a small detail perhaps the waiting staff could address. Definitely worth a visit for a smart casual night out. Good choice of wines that were not overly priced for a change. Will definitely go back soon!
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