My friend and I had tried to get a table in this gorgeous wine bar and restaurant back in February. Unfortunately we'd not booked in advance so could not get a table on the night.
The smell of the food and and what we could see being presented to diners made us determined to revisit with a reservation.
Last night (Saturday 26th) we finally got to revisit the beautiful knaresborough and with a booking at Carriages secured we were very happy.
We were seated in a small dining area, 3 couples (inc ourselves), one table of four and a large party of 8 or 10 ladies.
Unfortunately the party of ladies were rather rowdy and no amount of trying to ignore them worked, what we didn't know about their sons photos was no ones business!! This spoilt the ambiance a little.
The menu was not what we expected. There were fewer choices than we'd thought and each meal had the same or similar accompaniments. Unfortunately mushrooms are not my favourite and were on most dishes and spinach was also on most, of which neither of us are keen. In fairness, as the meals appear to be freshly put together, a request to leave these items from the plate were easily dealt with.
My starter was nice and enjoyable, my friend had the duo of duck, the pate was not the best but the rest of the dish was lovely. Our mains were also nice. My seabass was cooked well and my friends venison was very nice.
All dishes were presented beautifully but there was that something missing, which was disappointing.
As we were finishing out drinks and waiting on our bill to be brought to us, we did have the misfortune of seeing one of the waiting staff redress tables. When he turned the table cloth over and reset the table it did raise the question of what other areas cleanliness was not top priority. I appreciate this is done in some establishments but as a diner you don't need to see it!
To sum up our evening, the food was pleasant and it wasn't over priced, unfortunately the hen/birthday/leaving/get together or what ever it was party did spoil the overall atmosphere when we were looking to have a nice meal together and enjoy some rare time alone and the turning of the table cloths wasn't a great end to the evening.
On this occasion we visited knaresborough because we wanted to come to Carriages in particular, if we come to knaresborough again I'd like to give Carriages another try as I really want it to be a lovely eating experience. BUT we will not be building our trip around a visit to Carriages like we did this weekend.
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