This was a much anticipated visit and a hot and sunny day to boot, so it was the perfect weather to be poolside for dinner. The restaurant is beautiful, colourful and informal and a wonderful renovation of the Victorian swimming baths.
The food was a mixed bag. The aubergine starter, the salmon and the chocolate tart were great. The falafel main lacked sauce and substance, the sorbet was not good at all. The a la carte menu is very small, but the set menu changes every day, so I would try it again and hope for a more filling and imaginative vegetarian option.
Service was a bit lacking, we were greeted warmly and seated, but twenty minutes later we felt we’d been forgotten when we had to get up to order although the restaurant was empty. We would have loved after dinner drinks, but after trying to get the attention of our waiter for half an hour, we just left and paid on the way out. No one had even cleared our dessert plates at this point. Perhaps this is a teething problem, it’s all still relatively new and it looked as if staff were just inexperienced rather than careless.
As mentioned, I will give it another go as the surroundings are so spectacular and the atmosphere is so good. The score I’ve given is more for the restaurant itself than the food and the service we experienced. I definitely wouldn’t book for a special occasion however, as I couldn’t be confident of them getting it right.
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