I was so excited to be eating at Northcote. As we reserved our room less than a week before, the only time we had managed to get for dinner was 6pm for 6.30 pm, which was a little early but I was still very much looking forward to our dinner.
We arrived on the terrace to the smashing of glass! One of the other guests had taken a swipe at his pint glass “because there was a wasp on it and it was annoying him”. The guy escorting us, didn’t miss a beat, he settled us at our table and then hurried about clearing the glass up and getting the glass smasher another lager. All the while we are sitting there without drinks menus. When they were finally delivered we were told that what ever we wanted would be on him due to the wait. (Which they weren’t, they were added onto the bill, which was a little annoying, on complaining they were removed but still in a place like this, that shouldn’t happen).
We ordered Mojitos, they were delicious, we were also served our canapes one of which was deep fried and very moorish, the other was a parcel of nothingness.
I have shellfish allergies and they explained to me that I would be getting a broccoli dish instead of the prawn dish on the 6 course tasting menu. Well given that the other extra dish on the 6 course is a cauliflower one, I really didn’t fancy a broccoli and a cauliflower course, so we opted for the 4 course with cheese, (which seemed to surprise the guy taking our order).
The restaurant had a lovely feel and we got a great table that was side on to the window. It was beautifully decorated and had a pair of Geoff Key paintings hanging on the back wall which went so well and brought a modern touch.
We ordered a bottle of Italian white to drink during dinner and advised that we would like a glass of red each with the lamb course. The Italian white was delicious and ideally suited to the first 2 courses as they are light and could easily be overpowered.
The first course was “Infused Isle of Wight Tomatoes” I really enjoyed this, especially the little tube filled with cheese and onion, the lovage was a little overpowering but other than that this was my second favourite dish.
The next course was “Goosenargh Chicken Ceaser” This was by far the worst course on the menu. I strongly believe that my chicken was under cooked as it was pink. At the time I told myself it must be thigh meat, that’s why it was pink but after (and I wont say anymore) I realised that both mine and my husbands chicken was under cooked. Sadly it was also very bland to boot.
Next came the “Yorkshire Dales Lamb.” The Sommelier remembered that we wanted red wine and it was promptly delivered to the table. I really liked the fact I could get a tiny little glass (was maybe an 80ml serving) as i’m not much of a drinker and hubby could get a normal sized portion! The Lamb course was absolutely delicious and truly inspired, it was delicate and flavoursome and I wondered how an earth the same mind could have come up with this plateful of deliciousness and that awful chicken ceaser dish.
Next we ordered the additional cheese course. We opted for the 7 cheese serving. They have a cheese trolley that is brought to your table, they patiently explain each cheese and its almost impossible to choose but we both chose our 2 favourites and then filled in with the others. The cheese was served with both bread and crackers, the only thing that was missing was butter but still we thoroughly enjoyed our mountain of cheese. To make it even more delicious we were served a white port that was almost chocolatey to the palate and it complimented the cheese wonderfully.
The final course was “Strawberry Trifle” and this was a huge disappointment. Why oh why do these places insist on deconstructing desserts. The strawberries were from the garden and were sweet and delicious as was the verbena custard but as for the Strawberry jelly and the very odd, slightly textured, caramelised cream, again i’m not exactly sure what they were thinking, the website describes this course as “mmm…summer in a dish” but sadly it was just a let down.
Coffee and tea was served on the terrace along with petit fours, Hubble and I disagreed which was our favourite but the mint aero one was one of the best petit fours I have ever had. The coffee was served by the cup, however the tea was served in a giant tea pot which felt very odd that one got such a huge serving and the other a tiny cup. The tea was made from leaves and appeared to be pre brewed, then decanted into the giant tea pot. My earl grey wasn’t as strong as I would have liked and again this method seemed a little odd, whats wrong with a tea strainer?
We retreated to our lovely terrace and finished our drinks off there, chatting the night away. We both agreed we were glad that we had been but would not be returning for food. It seemed to have an older clientele and I believe that the food reflected this and with the exception of the lamb dish, didn’t feel particularly modern and felt very safe. The staff on the whole were young and friendly but at times it all felt a little pompous, especially when being served by some of the older members off staff. I do wonder how Northcote will survive if they don’t start appealing to a younger clientele.
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