13 November 2013
A small dish of green olives was tabled and I ordered a cola (I was a bit thirsty) whilst browsing the menu.
They had a couple of specials also available in the lunch deal, Game terrine shallot chutney (I think this had been on a previous Sunday lunch menu) and toast to start and a Cornish seafood “stew”.
I chose both these options, and would decide on the dessert later, for the three course deal with half a bottle of house red wine, and coffee.
Rustic ryebread arrived with butter, quite solid but tasty although a little sweet, four slices, I had two.
The wine arrived in a carafe, but I was not told actually what it was, though neither did I ask, but it was pleasant without being notable.
The game terrine was not overly gamey in flavour, the pistachio and mushroom added texture, but for me the bacon surround was too thick, detracting from the game. The quenelle of caramelised shallot added a nice sweetness, but maybe needed just a hint more of some vinegar. Two slices of hot toast came with this.
Next came the Cornish seafood stew, served in an ironstone dish. I’m guessing at the fish as sea bream, lemon sole, salmon and scallop, with brown shrimp and baby potatoes in a lobster-ish bisque, with some herby leaf garnish. Anyway, the three fish were expertly cooked, for such small pieces, judged to the second almost with crispy skin and just translucent in the centre, unfortunately the scallop, which I presumed correctly was added raw, had not quite heated through, thus the bisque was not quite hot enough when poured over. A tasty dish and nice for a light lunch.
Having had the rye bread and the toast with the terrine, I decided more bread would be too much so opted for the soufflé rather than cheese and bara brith. It was superb. Light, perfectly cooked, almost as high over the dish as the dish itself, the berry and chocolate combination excellent, and the sharp apple sorbet a great accompaniment.
A coffee to finish came with a small jar of mini meringues, I had a couple but couldn’t finish them all.
Overall a well spent £30 for a tasty lunch, pleasant service and nice atmosphere, just a couple of minor points stopped me getting to the 3 1/2 to 4 stars
2 courses £13, 3 courses £15
Three courses, half a bottle of house white or red
& a coffee for £24.75 per person