We really couldn't fault the food at the Star but the menu was very limited. It was the sort of meal you would say that was nice but forget what you'd actually eaten the next day-It all seemed so formulaic and too pretentious for our liking. Nothing struck me as fabulous or unforgettable except an excellent ginger sorbet that was totally mismatched with a lemon tart. Both would have been preferable on their own!
My husband asked for dauphinoise potatoes (these were on the menu with another dish) instead of the advertised fondant with his partridge and was told they would have to check with the chef as it probably wouldn't look good on the plate! I never been told in a good restaurant that chef might not like being asked! That was how it came over! I sincerely believe the dishes are made to look identical and taste identical every time - There seemed no individuality or flair to any of it
The atmosphere has been totally lost for such a wonderful building-we used to eat regularly years ago at the star and this was our first return visit. The soul has gone totally-I felt the lounge for our drink and canapés was more like a tea room and the furniture totally at odds with the oldness of the beamed fireplace. I would hardly call crisps and rather sad olives canapés and much fuss was made of the tiny salmon and cheese canapé which although pleasant again was instantly forgettable and totally underwhelming.
I imagine there is a returning clientele who like the old fashioned service whereby they are fawned over and made to feel important. It has the air of God's waiting room and I can only assume that for many it is a 'safe' bet for a meal. It is not bad - it just isn't good and I can only say I was longing for a bit more life and atmosphere. The staff were very pleasant but again I found the it all a bit insincere.
As for the cheese and biscuits-couldn't fault the cheese selection though much fuss is made over the choosing and serving which was long winded. The 2 biscuit choices were awful-just trendy on the plate-the whole lot could have done with a good 'water' biscuit instead. Years ago you were given a lovely selection - bring it back ?
All in all we won't be going back. Definitely stuck in a time warp there and not for real 'foodies'
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