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|Address:||The Bridleway, Goring-on-Thames, Goring, Oxfordshire RG8 0HS|
|Price: £53.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2pm 7-9pm Sat 12N-2.30pm 7-9.30pm Sun 12N-3.30pm|
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A calm evening early April 2009 enabled us to enjoy the river view before dusk. I doubt anyone could deny the setting is partly responsible for placing this restaurant on the foodie map. Since re-vamp, diners sit amongst a restful mix of contemp/trad décor with natural light permeating the conservatory area.
Flashes of high culinary skill appear, but like many places not consistently enough. I wish I could say I recall eating something outstanding rather than remembering the delightful setting, because they try so very hard to please.
The menu sounds quite adventuresome, but occasionally chef seems rather timid, and dishes lack the impact of flavour that some main ingredients demand. Conversely, she cleverly balances those requiring a more delicate touch. Her husband/sommelier was keen to ensure we were absolutely satisfied with the wine we’d selected, insisting if not, we should switch to the other we were considering. We were, so we didn’t.
Good canapés; amuse bouche very acceptable; bread v.good; halloumi starters flavoursome, colourful and all components used to good effect. Use of herbs in hot dishes can be questionable (sprig of rosemary highly pungent, but otherwise undetected in the pork dish). A small chervil sprig adorning my Guinea Fowl would have lifted it, had it been larger, chopped and distributed through. I like herbs to be used for flavour rather than just for visual garnish. Generally my main did not disappoint except for a greyish unidentifiable puree, which wasn't really needed given the other accoutrements. Quality of ingredients is undeniable as is careful presentation, however, my partner – less pleased than I – will be reluctant to go back soon – cinnamon flavoured pork became tiresome as he worked his way through his main. We will return probably in summer, as on balance there are sufficient positives, plus outdoor eating alongside the riverbank is a joy.