Went for a birthday supper on a Friday evening. Restaurant very busy
GF&G is a great venue if you are with friends and the adjacent tapas bar very vibrant.
For ourselves, we were with an older person and I was disappointed that we were placed directly next to the bar area- we really could not hear each other speak the whole evening, so do ask for a table in the main restaurant if you are meeting with people whom you do not see often. This said, we were grateful for a late reservation not being able to get a table at the equally highly rated Orange Tree, so I guess being placed next to the kitchen on a busy service was inevitable and appreciated.
Sadly the waitress did not explain there was a £19.95 set menu which we only discovered upon leaving ! The tables were clean and unfussy; cloth napkins and nice tableware. Menus were not given as we sat down and we waited for a few minutes for drinks. No table water offered. The waitress did ask the chef for the lightest main option, explaining that the menu was brand new that day (I would not have mentioned this to customers!)
The menu is really comprehensive and I was pleased to see so many excellent choices
My guests had pate (delicious) and soufflé (excellent - you can always decide a restaurants fate based upon this!) My Seafood and Avocado in raspberry was a sickly and strange combination of mayonnaise and coulis - it was not the best starter I have had!
Our mains were Halibut for my guest which looked fabulous and my partner and I both chose cod with butter beans and chorizo. The fish was cooked perfectly but our combination on the whole plate was acceptable and very hearty but a bit heavy with the chorizo which took the taste away from the beautifully cooked fish ! The chips were horrible - pappy and tasteless !
I was tempted to ask for just the cod with a fresh salad and really wished I had down so
The prosseco was really good and the overall restaurant and standards was quite good.
£120 for three - the natural merits of the excellent kitchen team came through the food and in a small local town this is an excellent venue. I visit Sawbridegworth twice a week and have never tried GF&G before. I will definitely return for business lunches and imagine it is less noisy if you avoid Friday and Saturday evenings. For me, eating out several times a week in similarly priced restaurants in London, I compare slightly unfairly - but I do always say in my reviews; if you are going to charge London prices, the food and service need to be London quality and standards. Goose Fat & Garlic gets a quite good, rather than excellent
btw. toilets need to be inspected and mopped regularly, especially when you are mixing bar customers with restaurant customers !
Thanks GF&G - will return soon !
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