We had always planned to go but had never got around to it until friends suggested we lunch there just before Christmas. Fortunately they had the foresight to book well in advance of the day otherwise I suspect there would have been no room at the "cottage".
The approach to Yalbury Cottage has a sense of arrival, a roomy car park and a short walk, sign posted "reception", to the restaurant. On entering we were warmly greeted by a young lady who checked our reservation and showed us through to a comfortably furnished sitting area where we ordered drinks and were given menus. The whole ambiance of Yalbury is one of relaxation, warmth and friendly, helpful service.
Having chosen our three courses, we were left to enjoy our drinks and when our table and food were ready we were taken to the restaurant. Gentle efficiency was the order of the day. Our group of six have been friends for many a year so the chat was easy, and laughter plentiful. The food was beautifully presented, skillfully cooked and delicious. The menu had sufficient choices to cover many tastes and likes, was seasonal, predominantly local and fresh.
Monkfish, four-bird roast, venison, salmon, cheesecake and Christmas pud (but not as we know it!) figured amongst our choices and were much enjoyed. An extensive wine list allows freedom of choice and price. It was a long lunch, beautifully managed and declared a real treat by those attending. On our way out the chef thanked us for coming, and we in turn thanked him for producing a stonkingly good meal.
We shall undoubtedly return, several times over.