To be honest we have been here before & it has never failed to please! Not quite in the famed John Tovey days & when H.M Liz eat there.
However, it has a deserved 2 AA Rosettes and their fairly new chef Craig Davies is hoping to secure a Michelin Star - which we judged will be forthcoming.
Of course the location is without exception simply stunning & the plates seek only to compliment the views! A delight to the eye and the stomach is already engaged.
To start I had a beautifully balanced Veloute of Pumpkin. This was followed on by a very inventive Pork Belly - cooked to perfection.
I must admit to liking less sweet dishes. But, when one reads: Caramelised Bread & Croissant Pudding flamed cinnamon anglaise & clotted cream.. well ! I can honestly say, it's a wonder I feel able to make any judgement on it. It didn't touch the sides of my mouth. I could have eaten a mountain of it.
Therein of course is an obvious anxiety, as ever with such sublimely decorated plates one is always concerned that the stomach will be totally satisfied.
Glad to report that we were more than catered for with our three courses. I always tend to judge a restaurant on wether one is offered bread & here we were given (no charge) 4 beautiful little loaves.
Because it was lunch we went for a Viognier - which was a beautifully understated wine & not overpriced for such an establishment.
The front of house staff were all engaging, professional in the extreme and very attentive to our every need. I was politely rebuffed in attempting to refill my own glass; Allow me Sir!
To prolong our wonderful occasion we took coffee in the lounge (I mentioned my dislike for overly sweet morsels &) I am afraid to say the petit-fours were a little so... Alas!
An excellent meal and really faultless & well deserving of recommendation & my giving it a premature Michelin Star.
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