This was a fantastic way to celebrate the 60th Wedding Anniversary of my wife’s parents. The food was amazing , the service was excellent and all this in a fabulous location. It was back in August when me and my wife popped in for a cocktail that we decided this would be a great place to bring her parents for their anniversary celebrations. This was due to the friendliness of the staff , the look of the dining room and at the time having a quick chat with manager Matthew. So on Thursday we headed to the Corinthia Hotel to do just that. On our arrival we entered the main entrance to the hotel and walked through the hotel to Kerridge’s so my wife and her father could have a look around as they used to work in the building some years ago. When we arrived at the Bar & Grill we were given a lovely welcome and took a seat at a reserved table for a pre lunch drink in the bar.
The Winter Negroni
After our drinks we were then escorted through to the end of the beautiful dining room where we were seated in a delightful and comfortable booth. It was then at this point that Manager Matthew came over firstly to welcome us and then to say that for my wife’s mum who had dietary requirements to just order any dish that she liked and they would adapt it for her liking. This I thought was an excellent gesture on their part. There was a choice of three menus the Festive Menu , a Classic Tasting Menu and what we decided to choose the A la Carte. Once we had chosen our courses we then on discussion with the sommelier we chose a fabulous Portuguese Dao Prunus 2016 a nice fruity red wine with flavours of black cherry , plum and raspberry. It was also at this point where we enjoyed a delightful snack of Parmesan Gougeres.
Dao Prunus 2016
It was now on to our first course where we ordered the Salt Cod Scotch Egg , the Claude’s Mushroom Risotto , the Glazed Omelette Lobster Thermidor and the Duck Leg , Black Pudding & Pistachio Terrine. All the dishes were an absolute delight and full of amazing flavour especially the Lobster and my Terrine.
Salt Cod Scotch Egg
Glazed Omelette Lobster Thermidor
Duck Leg , Black Pudding & Pistachio Terrine with Sourdough , Pickles & Truffle Butter
Next to come were with now high expectations were the mains and yes we definitely weren’t let down hear at all. We chose the Pigs Cheek Pie with Clotted Cream Mash , Crispy Black Pudding & Devilled Sauce , the Lamb Rump with Merguez Sausage , Smoked Aubergine & a Spinach & Goats Cheese Pastilla. The other dish was the Mussels Mariniere with Warm Stout which was on the tasting menu and adapted into an A la Carte main course. Each course I think we all agreed we’re simply stunning and accompanied by Garlic Roasted Hispi Cabbage & Crispy Chunky Chips.
Pigs Cheek Pie
Crispy Black Pudding & Clotted Cream Mash
Lamb Rump with Marquez Sausage
After a nice and well deserved rest it was time for desserts and if the first two courses were amazing we finished in heaven with these fabulous treats. Our choices were the Brown Butter Tart with Buttermilk Ice Cream , the Dark Chocolate Pudding with Crystallised Malt Biscuit & Malted Ice Cream. My choice was the Peanut Butter & White Chocolate ‘Paris-Brest’ with Salted Coffee Caramel which I have to say is one of the best desserts I’ve had in a long time it was pure indulgence.
Brown Butter Tart
Dark Chocolate Pudding
Peanut Butter & Caramelised White Chocolate ‘Paris Brest’
We finished with tea & coffee to round off a simply fabulous afternoon. The food as I said at the beginning was amazing. I’d like to Thank Matthew and his team for looking after us and making sure everything was ok especially for my wife’s parents. This was a fantastic dining experience and one I would highly recommend and I for one will definitely be returning in the not to distant future.