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Well-worn armchairs, glass cabinets filled with leather-bound tomes, knick-knacks and tables draped with the red cross of St George given this subterranean restaurant the feel of a comfy old boys’
club housed in an antique bookshop. However, the dusty vibe doesn’t mean that prices are in shillings and pence – expect to pay current rates for a mix of mainstream British and European dishes
with some global touches. Carpaccio of New Forest venison sits alongside chicken noodle soup with a mini chicken pie, while mains might run from Buccleuch rib-eye steaks to black-pepper tiger
prawns or Gloucester Old Spot tenderloin with butternut-squash mash and cavolo nero. Desserts bring cheesecake, apple trifle, sticky toffee pud and other old faithfuls, and the international wine
list features a large collection from South African boutique winery Bouchard Finlayson.
The Rubens at The Palace offers a lovely traditional setting for afternoon tea with really friendly, professional staff. The afternoon tea offers diners a mix of both traditional and modern flavours. For example, whilst the sandwich fillings were traditional with cucumber and cream cheese, ham and mustard, Smoked Salmon and chicken, the scones we enjoyed had a slight twist as they are flavoured with ginger and honey...
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