Having watched Adam Handling on the Great British Menu we were keen to try his restaurant, so I booked us in for my husbands’ birthday lunch – and overall it was a very enjoyable lunch. The staff were all very friendly and informative, you can see into the open kitchen and AH was at the pass checking everything going out and adding final touches. Each course is served and described by one of the chefs, which is a nice personal touch.
We opted for the tasting menu @ £45 a head and my husband also had the drink pairing @ £40 – I had a couple of glasses of wine instead.
The first four “snacks” came out very close together and felt a little rushed but we were assured that service would slow down after this and it did.
I don’t remember all the dishes but the following stood out Chorizo, cheese, onion, Crab, seaweed, apple and the amazing Bread and chicken butter. We had a Celeriac, truffle, yolk, apple, dates course which in my opinion was a little too large and the celeriac was quite rubbery, but that’s just personal taste, but not a favourite dish. We opted for the additional course of Cheese doughnuts (which I regretted slightly, we should have just ordered one portion, as they were quite large and very rich and I really didn’t need any more food!). I loved the Beetroot, beetroot and more beetroot, and it looked beautiful. A nice touch at the end of the meal is that you can choose to “Buy the chefs a beer - £5”, so we added two to our meal.
Obviously you can eat here cheaper than we did, but at nearly £200 for lunch it is not for the faint-hearted.
There were two negatives about this experience - firstly, the seating, old wooden school chairs, was pretty uncomfortable, If you are eating the tasting menu, you are going to be sat down for at least 2 hours (I should also add that I was recovering from a back injury, and the staff were able to find me a chair with a more solid back to it so I could sit more comfortably) - and secondly my seat had a perfect view straight into the toilet, which is not really the view you want whilst eating!