Visited here early August after booking a couple of weeks in advance. They were practically fully booked and offered me the chefs table but I wasn't keen on that at all, hence I accepted an early evening booking 5:45 pm. Be warned they take your card details and will take £15 per person if you are a no-show on the night.
We were seated on the second floor in front of the window overlooking King Street. On being seated our server had to ask a group of four men to remove their jackets from our chairs. Whilst looking at the wine list it became apparent that the noise level of the aforesaid men, not gentlemen I hasten to add, was becoming unacceptable. As this was meant to be a romantic meal for two I called our server and politely asked if there was anywhere else we could sit? She immediately asked if it was because of the men sat behind me so I nodded. She said it wasn't a problem and would find us another spot. A couple of minutes later two older ladies got up to leave and one of them said to the men that their meals had been ruined due to their shouting and bad language. Their response was to tell the ladies to "just f ... off!" At this point our server came to move us and I told the men they should be ashamed of the way they spoke to those ladies. Their response was just as impolite to me(!) until my partner stepped in and asked them who they were telling to f ... off and funnily enough when a man spoke to them they had nothing to say!
We were quickly moved away by very attentive staff, all women I add, while a couple of the staff attended to the distressed ladies. We were then placed upstairs on the third floor and were delighted when they opened the roof. This was much more cosy with a red velvety booth and quiet corner opposite a bar.
I think practically every member of staff personally came over to apologise for the disgusting manner of those thugs they had allowed in their restaurant. I know they can't exactly vet everyone who walks through the door but apparently those ladies were having a quiet joint birthday lunch which was completely ruined. They were so apologetic to us and even brought us some complimentary nibbles. I'm proud of sticking up for those ladies but perhaps they may need proper door staff at the weekend to avoid these sort of arrogant trouble makers. I think these men thought they were in a spit and sawdust pub in Blackpool.
Getting down to the meal..... we ordered six dishes between us. The stand out dish by far was the cod! Divine! Wish we had ordered two of those. Also the lamb skewers were very tasty and the baby pork ribs, amazing! The selection of Spanish cheeses was a slight let down due to the gigantic crisp bread that came with it and I felt the portion sizes were a little hit and miss for the price. I spotted a cauliflower and hummus dish on the next table which I really wish I had ordered - but next time I will! For dessert we shared a lemon meringue which was beautifully presented. The staff were very attentive, constantly topping up our wine glasses, and the atmosphere was so chilled, I loved it. We spent around £80 for six dishes and a bottle of wine so not too bad. There is a service charge automatically added at 10% but we were more than happy to pay this.
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