his restaurant has undergone many name changes and re inventions over the years I have lived around Ashbourne. I really can’t remember what it was when I was at school way back but at one time it was trendy bar, and then it became less so, it then became a really nice cafe and light meal place and now the front is a really relaxing bar and at the back a rather smart restaurant.
We were brought our drinks very quickly and asked if we were ready to order and we hadn’t really decided so the lovely waitress said she would give us more time and come back in a few minutes. Meanwhile she brought a small basket of fresh warm bread with an olive oil and herb dipping oil which was very tasty and we were a bit silly and ate this despite the fact we knew we had three courses to follow.
I chose a smoked salmon roulade which was so delicious and beautifully presented and my husband had a pate which he enjoyed and was equally well presented. We both chose the steak as we very rarely have any beef at home and steak is a big treat for us. It was delicious, melt in your mouth with a choice of sauces and they were not at extra cost either. I opted for a baked potato and hubby had chips. The vegetables were fresh, bright colours and just cooked perfectly, crisp but not raw just the way I like them so that you can taste the vegetable’s own flavour. We has a small bowl with broccoli, tiny carrots, cauliflower and some beans which were just steamed and nicely balanced the rich steak and sauce .
We both chose crème brule which we always do if it is on the menu. I just love the creamy richness and vanilla flavour which is subtle and not too filling. Other options included Sticky toffee pudding, Bakewell tart and various chocolate and fruit tarts as well as a cheese option.
The waitress who served us was lovely friendly and smiling without being in our face. She brought our drinks and took our order efficiently and I have absolutely no complaints at all. She came to check that everything was okay but otherwise was there when we needed her but not hanging around being obvious.
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