I'd heard really good things about this restaurant so was looking forward to going after a tough week at work, plus, my partner and I were celebrating a milestone. The menu is definitely on the higher end of the spectrum price wise but with the expectation of receiving some fine food I'd thought what the hell? Even brushing off the ever-so-slightly rude waiting staff telling me to 'hold on' while I gave him my order.
The starter was good; a mint pea & goats cheese bruschetta which was very tasty so our expectation for main course was looking good. My partner ordered a swordfish gnocchi and I ordered from the 'special' menu tuscan sausage and broccoli tagliatelle.
Our meals came and we took our respective first bites. I was disappointed. My meal was essentially pasta and grey looking meat with no sign, really, of the broccoli. Except for the salt it lacked any real taste. My partner concurred with her gnocchi saying it was bland of taste but carried on with hers. I can't remember if I've done this in a proper restaurant but I simply couldn't eat it and left it after two mouthfuls. I thought what the hell, take the hit, learn your lesson but the host noticing my hardly untouched plate came over to ask if everything was OK. It was embarrassing to actually say no it wasn't and explained the reasons for it. He took it on board and when the bill came hadn't charged me for my meal which I hadn't expected so appreciated the gesture. I thanked him at the bar and the chef was there so again had to explain, while being very English about it, and apologising at the same time! The chef and host generally took it well so I applaud them for not getting to upset about it; the waiter however, was another story and huffed & puffed somewhat and was not backward in showing his disdain sadly.
I said I'd go back, out of politeness, at the time but I'm afraid I'd be hard pushed to consider it again. Hats off to the host for finding a solution quickly and dealing with it professionally but I'm afraid the food, for the costs involved, was at best average.
A real shame, because as mentioned, we had been really looking forward to it.