Just been back to the Tilbury with some friends and having been luke warm about the place following a lunch a couple of months ago, wow it's back on form! Best meal I've had in a while. Paul Bloxham bases the menu on local and British produce which changes according to what's in season. There's usually a good choice of specials in addition to the relatively short menu.
We'd previously loved the place (the wife and I) which is why we'd been so disappointed last time but the menu on Saturday was fantastic – great choice for all tastes. Specials ranged from a whole Scottish lobster thermador for £26, a choice of locally produced beef (28 day hung beef rib for £22 and fillet for £24), while included on the menu were high quality bangers and mash, crab salad and a plate of pig. I'm sure there was stuff for vegetarians but I'm not particularly interested in that!
My starter was mutton prosciutto from the lake district with rocket and goats cheese mouse which was absolutely stunning – simple but unbelievably tasty and more than a sum of its parts. Main course was the plate of pig, which I'd had before but they've changed it slightly and again a triumph. A piece of tender fillet with some crackling and a piece of pork belly, accompanied by lovely mustard mash, a tartlet of green vegetable (I think it was spinnach) which was slightly spicy (lovely flavour) and some apple sauce. A wonderful dish. I don't normally go for dessert but the sticky toffee pudding looked too good to miss and it was!
My friends had a starter of norfolk asparagus – reported to be fantastic, cooked beautifully in a lovely sauce (that's one for the veggies!) and fillet of beef, also reported to be excellent. It certainly looked perfectly cooked to order. One more went for the pig and also loved it.
We took Paul Bloxham's recommendations for the wine – started with a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon, which he said he was now buying instead of Cloudy Bay as he thinks it's better. Not sure about that but equally as good and an excellent choice. For red we were recommended a South African blend (even the bottle keeps it secret) by Paul. We would never choose South African red usually but this was really good – so much so that we had a second bottle!
Service was very attentive but not in your face. Atmosphere good – maybe a little loud but better than too quiet!
Overall cost for 4 (including 3 bottles of wine) was £65 per head inlcuding tip. Not cheap but excellent value for the quality of the food and wine. Go and see for yourself but do book in advance at the weekend.