In the middle of the elipse of buildings that are known as The Royal Crescent is a Relais and Chateaux hotel. We decided to forgo the afternoon tea it is well known for and settle in for a leisurely lunch on Sunday.
Fathers Day Sunday and it was the beginning of the new menu. We sat a generous size round table for two. We were well pleased as our conversation could be very private. After dining at a nearby restaurant a few nights before where we could not hear each other it was a relief to have generous surroundings.
My glass of champagne in the foreground.
John’s went for an entree of Salmon Mi Cuit, Smoked Duck Breast, spiced lentils and beetroot, he thought he had the best starter.
John did well also on the main, a traditional roast beef perfectly cooked with Yorkshire pudding and roasted vegetables. There is a real trend for restaurants today competing for perfection in revising the old favourites and the Yorkshire Pudding which in my opinion is just a battery thing that is full of air inside is a bit over rated.
My main was a chicken fillet – so much more tender than many fillets, it was served with a hazelnut infused potato puree and wild asparagus, morels, broad beans and hazelnut foam. Sometimes I avoid chicken on a menu because it is a bit common….but this was elevated with its perfect cooking and accompaniments.
John’s dessert was an appropriate light end to his heavier main, not really being a dessert eater he ordered it anyway so I could have a taste.
As we walked around the garden after lunch we found a bounty of apples fallen from the trees.
We continued the enjoy the rest of the hotel’s elegant surroundings.