We booked here for a pre-theatre meal because our favourite French restaurant was fully booked. So checking through the nearby restaurants on the Trip Advisor map, we found the Corinthian. The menu looked promising so we made a booking.
Now you would never guess there is a restaurant here, tucked away inside the Masonic Hall (I've been to the Rescue Rooms next door and never even realised the Corinthian was here!) The only clues are a wall banner and a very small name over the menus in the doorway. You have to ring the bell to get in and the doorman opens the door for you; we were escorted to the restaurant.
It's very old-fashioned (by design), with superb decor, and proper white tablecloths and napkins. We were met by the waitress who took our coats and showed us to the lounge bar seating area, and told us to our amazement that we were the only booking (Friday night!) We were able to peruse the menu in the lounge with a drink and place our order.
When the meal was ready we were escorted to the table where we ordered wine (even the cheapest wine on the menu was very good) and were served with delicious still-warm home-made bread. I had the sea bass which was cooked beautifully, while my wife had the chicken. We both cleared our plates and were left wishing there was more of the bread to mop it up with!
For dessert I had the raspberry pavlova - I love raspberries, and the tang of the passion fruit added an extra dimension to this dish. My wife had the sticky toffee pudding which was also delicious yet very light.
We didn't have time to stay for coffee, but the relaxed atmosphere would have encouraged us to do so. The waitress was very friendly and happy to have a chat, while still being very professional and we were happy to leave a tip. In fact she even told us that they have their own car park - handy for future reference because I'd rather spend my £7 in the restaurant than on city parking charges.
This is a lovely restaurant with good food and good service, quaintly old-fashioned. Two courses with wine and beers cost us £50, happy enough with that.
You should come here, it doesn't deserve to be empty. We will definitely be back.
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