We had celebrated my husband's 50th birthday in August last year with lunch on the terrace overlooking the river and it was delightful. When we asked our son what he would like to do to mark his 16th birthday he asked to go to the Priory for dinner! No wild parties for him! We visited last Saturday and I am delighted to say we were not disappointed. Right from the start we received a warm and friendly welcome, not at all stuffy and pompous as some might expect. We were slightly early as the train times did not quite fit in (nobody wanted to drive from Poole as we enjoy our wine), but this was not a problem and we were shown to the very warm and inviting drawing room. Here we were served drinks and canapes whilst perusing the menu.
Our orders were taken, and at just the right interlude we were taken down to the restaurant. It is below ground level but it was beautifully lit,warm and inviting. The waiting staff seemed to have timings off to a fine art, as each course arrived with just enough gap between them. They also had a knack of not seeming to be visible (of course they were) but they popped up at just the right moment. This could be coincidence or a well honed skill. The food was beautiful and well presented. I have no idea what they do to their meat but the pork,duck and venison chosen by my family just melted in the mouth. Look on the Priory Hotel website for a sample menu it will make your mouth water. The restaurant was full and there was a really nice buzz about the place without you actually being able to hear what was being said on the next table.
We took coffees, a mint infusion, petit fours and liquers in the drawing room and all in all had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The three courses with canapes,coffee and petit fours cost £44.50 per head and we had Chilean Merlot at a very reasonable £22.00 per bottle.
We all had a lovely experience and intend to come up with a very good excuse to visit in the summer. Well done Priory and thank you for making our evening such a success.
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