A very attractive restaurant above the hotel reception with a lovely view of water on the side we were seated. We loved the beamed ceiling and, at the far end, 2 glass “windows” set into the floor with views of preserved parts of the old mill below.
We had booked dinner here when we booked a room at this hotel but it was half empty on this midweek evening. We had asked about the early dining menu and were told it was available between 6.30-7.30pm and had to be pre-requested although it would still be possible to order a la carte if preferred.
We liked the early menu, offering 2 choices for all 3 courses at just £20. We started with chicken liver parfait and a cider and onion soup with diced apple floating in the creamy liquid. Both were delicate and excellent but needed salt. The fresh butter was topped with smoked sea salt and the bread was nice but we prefer it crustier.
For mains we had guinea fowl and pollock. Both were good but we didn’t really care for the accompanying curried pulses, they didn’t really seem to go with either the fowl or the fish. Again, everything was delicately flavoured and lacked salt.
The only dessert on the menu was excellent. The other third course was a small piece of good cheese with celery, 2 kinds of biscuits and pickle.
Would we return? The young waitresses were pleasant and well trained. Everything was well presented and good quality. Portion size was average. We left impressed with the excellent value of our dinner.
However, our preference is for gutsier food. We would have liked to award 4 1/2 blobs - the quality of everything lifts it above a 4 but the food is not really a 5.