We booked to go to Docket 33 for my Fathers birthday, some of his friends had been and said it was excellent so we booked and arrived on a Friday night at 7.30pm and the restaurant was deserted, it was open but nobody was eating or drinking, or even standing around.
In 95% of instances this would make me very wary, Friday night? Nobody?
Anyway we ventured inside and because it was hot and the door was open, nobody was aware we were there ( hint: put a passive sensor on the entrance door! ) but I ventured farther and found life behind the bar.
Having started on a bit of a worry, you may be looking at the 5 stars I have given, there is a very good reason for this, there isn't 6 !
We were seated and menu's presented, a choice of A La Carte and the well-documented taster menu that many others here have commented on.
After some discussion, the four of us decided the taster menu was the one to go for and as it was a Birthday we went for the Wines as well, but we decided not to take the cheese course ..
We had 4 excellent courses with wine, each was beautifully presented and the quality of the produce and the cooking was superb.
Starting with Asparagus, moving through the excellent Trout and onto the Fillet of Veal which was was melt in the mouth. The menu finished with a light strawberry prosecco granita with fruit.
Often fine dining is synonymous with leaving hungry, this was not the case and there was no requirement to raid the biscuit tin when we got home.
Taster Menus with Wine can often be a thimble full of wine, not the case here and all the wines were well suited (my father is a bit of wine buff!)
In case you were wondering at this point, nobody else turned up, we had private dining with our own chef, wonderful service with good explanations of the food and drink.
We were told that the previous 4 weekends had been fully booked on both nights, we were there on the first Friday of the 2018 heatwave, and from the smell of BBQ that hung over the town, I think I can guess where everyone was and why those that had booked had rung and canceled.
So, to summarize, this is not a "visit every week", it's not a "quick bite", it is not "cheap" in any sense of the word and its good for it.
We had a great time, we will be visiting again when we have a suitable occasion and some foodies that need to be shown how good it can be in a small market town in Shropshire.
Can I say more ? .. of course, but I suggest you go and take the time to experience Docket 33 yourselves ..
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