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“great atmosphere, service and food.”
Review of The Moonraker

The Moonraker
Ranked #14 of 96 Restaurants in Trowbridge
Price range: US$16 - US$38
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Head Chef, Matthew Briddon, has put our Restaurant firmly on the culinary map, offering guests his unique style of farmhouse dining, using local ingredients to showcase some old fashioned classics. Matthews onsite smokery and extensive kitchen garden has become central to the menus developed for the restaurant. There is a olde worlde bar and a large lounge area for pre and post dinner drinks. There is no strict dress code.
Reviewed 11 March 2014

I ate here with 4 friends on the travel zoo taster menu deal. The food was lovely, with lots of different flavours. The service was unobtrusive but our waitress have us,a full description of each dish. The milking parlour has been sympathetically refurbished and feels like a special place to dine. I would definitely recommend it and will be going back.

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We visited this restaurant on a travelzoo voucher for a taster menu, we found the food to be of an extremely high quality and the waitress was very pleasant and professional, she was serving on her own and coped very well, the taster menu although not large portions we left feeling well fed. This was a much better experience than a recent travelzoo voucher visit to another restaurant locally. We are certainly going to dine her again

Thank Malb58
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

Forget the earlier poor reviews - this place is now up there with the best. I can only agree with the recent reviews in giving The Milking Parlour ten out of ten. We also had purchased the 5 course tasting menu. Of course the portions are small but by the time it came to coffee I certainly left that I had eaten a decent sized meal but with a greater variety of tastes. The food is truly excellent and the service is friendly, prompt and attentive. The room has a lovely atmosphere with the open fire and great music placing - blues on the occasions. We sat and enjoyed a drink in the small bar before being shown to our table by the delightful host and waitress. All in all a great evening.
We are fairly local - about ten miles away - and will definitely be going back. I would imagine that if you are coming from further away this would be a great place to stay to explore Bath and Bradford on Avon

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Thank Graham51
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

We came here for a belated valentines dinner and had the 5 course tasting menu. It was divine! You could taste the freshness in the ingredients and it was fine dining without being pretentious. The atmosphere was relaxed, and when you walk in, you get a sense of the Georgian atmosphere, with the decor being understated yet grand. Really friendly staff who we chatted with about the place and seems passionate about creating a real experience for people eating there.
I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant and we will be going back without a doubt.

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Thank shedmeister
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

We bought a Travelzoo voucher for the tasting menu and the evening certainly exceeded our expectations! From the moment we walked through the door we felt welcome. Even though we were there early in the evening with few fellow diners to begin with, there was still a pleasant relaxed atmosphere. Jazz music plays quietly in the background, there's a log burner at one end of the room, where there are several comfy chairs for relaxing before and after your meal, and log fire at the other end of the dining room. There are candles on the tables, tea lights on the low tables in the lounge area and flowers to create a romantic ambience. The room has been beautifully renovated from its former use as a milking parlour, but retains a rustic character.

The service was excellent, attentive and caring without being overbearing. If anything the five courses came out too quickly, so we asked for a rest before pudding, which was happily granted. During the evening the restaurant manageress took her time to go to each table and chat to the guests, which we appreciated. The wine list isn't extensive, but offers some good wines, reasonably priced. We did wonder if they might consider offering matched wines to accompany the tasting menu as an optional extra.

The portions aren't huge but add up to a very decent sized dinner. The emphasis is on using locally sourced products, including their own smoked fish and meats. They are also planning to grow herbs and vegetables to use as well. The food was very tasty, starting with an amuse bouche, a shepherds pie crispy ball with a dipping sauce, followed by a beetroot salad with whipped goats cheese and nuts, then a smoked salmon and pea salad with aioli and a little curry seasoning. The main course varies depending on what's on the butchers block that day. We tucked into pork three ways: trotter, sausage and belly pork, with creamed potato, peas and a beurre blanc. It was more interesting and tasty than I have described it! The sausage was a slice of a larger very flavoursome home made sausage and the belly pork was, I think, confit then crisped up to give melt in the mouth meat with crunchy crackling.

If I was going to criticise anything it would be the use of the same salad on two courses, and peas also appearing in two courses. My other half would have liked the main course served on a larger plate - not to get more food, but just with more space around the three meats and the vegetables (we would have preferred something like roasted root veg over more peas). Nothing major, just suggestions for improvement.

We were offered a choice of three puddings and chose a divine dark chocolate creme brûlée with vanilla ice cream, and a cherry frangipane tart with whipped cream. These were also very good, not huge but just enough and served with a chocolate dipped strawberry (possible because they were also serving a Valentines tasting menu that evening). The cafetiere coffee was really good, strong and flavoursome.

All in all, a lovely evening, made so by the combination of good food, warm atmosphere, friendly and genuine welcome and attentive service.

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Thank boglin_sue
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