Came here for Sunday lunch with my two chums. We arrived a bit late and on spec.. Our waitress quickly checked what was on offer and made us feel welcome. We liked the slightly old-fashioned ambience of the Orangery - busy with dignified diners - and chose pork and trout, which arrived, good and hot, promptly. The pork came with cauliflower cheese and a dish of mixed veg. (carrots, sugar-snap peas, leeks and sweet potato mash). The trout came on a bed of salsify, potatoes and cockles in a cream sauce. The servings were modest and not quite big enough to satisfy our appetites which had been stoked by a two hour walk round the nearby sculpture trail, but our request for extra veg and more of the luscious gravy was politely and promptly complied with. My trout was nicely cooked, the cockles sweet and tender and the cream sauce was smooth, rich and well seasoned. I have to admit to plundering the veg. dishes even though they were meant for my chums eating the pork - the sweet potato mash was irresistible. Under-seasoned, mashed sweet pot.s are the epitome of boring, but ours was perfectly mashed and exactly seasoned so it was just right. The chums reported that the pork was very nice meat and I could hear from the cheerful crunching sounds that the crackling was good, too!
We happily finished every morsel, leaving no room for a pud. but we did manage to clear a cheese board between us. The 4 cheeses were properly presented, with crackers grapes and celery, good chutney and butter and, most important, with the cheese at just the right temperature. My cheese-loving chum was particularly struck by what turned out to be Celtic Promise - thanks to our waitress for finding out.
We all agreed that the whole experience was very good, with excellent service, great food, attention to detail and a pleasant atmosphere. We’d paid almost exactly the same price the week before for a very similar meal back in Bristol (no names, no pack drill… but we did leave a less complimentary review than this one!) but on this occasion, we felt we’d had good VFM. We will definitely come again, for another meal, especially as the surrounding countryside is so inviting, for folks who like a good walk before a meal, to work up an appetite. We all felt we’d somehow experienced a bit of old fashioned quality and values and we mean that as a compliment!
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