My daughter is about to produce her first born so, to prepare my son in law for the shock ahead, I decided to entertain him to dinner. I had had lunch at The Forester some weeks before and was impressed; this second experience was still pleasant but lacked the pizzazz to vote it very good or excellent.
I had 'phoned the restaurant on two occasions, one to make the booking and the other to change the time. My telephone number was taken and, I presume, written down but when we arrived there was no sign of any booking on the list. We were greeted at the bar by Adrienne who, with Marianne, looked after us for the remainder of the evening, and each served us very well.
The decor of the restaurant is pleasant, bare brick and oak beams creating most of the ambiance. The tables are hewn as if from rock to match the ambiance, the seats are leather but a mite too low so have been provided with cushions to compensate, but I'm being a bit pedantic to comment.
Our table was adequate for two but was set for three and I had to ask the waitress to remove the extra setting.
As for the general maintenance of the building one of the light posts at the entrance was missing, probably the result of a reversing car, two of the other entrance lights were also out as were some on the interior lights.
And so for the food. The menu is sensibly not too long allowing for regular changes to accommodate seasonal food and the occasional unexpected opportunity at the butcher's and has on it many interesting dishes. For my starter I had pigeon which tasted excellent but was cold, when my main course of Wytch? sole arrived it too was tepid but again it was properly cooked and the taste was excellent. The veg were al dente as they should be and they were hot. Dessert was hot chocolate brownie which too was very good. We didn't have coffee. The bill for two was £62 which was expensive for what we got, at that price it should have been better.
It's a pity the two main constituents of my meal weren't hot enough, but after 40 years in the catering industry I feel I must say it as I saw it. The meal probably sat on a servery for too long before collection by the waitress, hence my title echoing T.S, Eliot's poem 'A cold coming we had of it'. The experience didn't ruin the evening and I would like to think I will return. The problem for The Foresters is that there are so many other good places in the area creating very good competition.
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