Disappointing DW ELEVEN-13, 3 Dec 2014 | By Ben | Friday, 05 December 2014
My first impression was very negative, brought on by an almost dismissive front of house receptionist. Thank heavens for Emily, our waitress for the afternoon, who had a wonderful sense of humour and delightful personality! Her service is commendable.
The breads were interesting, the best the freshly baked corn bread bread. I did not think the butters were that interesting. Very difficult to get anything out under the display.
We ordered the pork belly, which looked lovely on arrival. Very nice plaiting indeed. Pork belly should ideally have a nice crisp skin with most of the fat cooked out. And it should most definitely be cooked throughout, without any red blood still lurking, which was the case. Whilst the combination of flavours worked well, unfortunately my pork belly was undercooked, resulting in a soggy mixture of meat and fat. The triple fried chips and broccoli brought as extras were fine. In fact, it turned out to be the best part of the meal.
The wine list is not interesting, nor unique, and comes with a heavily overpriced price tag. The starters are completely overpriced. I will most definitely not return. This experience also leaves a big question over the criteria used by the Eat Out awards team. It is difficult to understand why this institution is so highly rated when the basics are certainly not in place.