Upon walking past we discovered that the twinkly candlelit room had some free tables and before we knew it we were in and seated in the corner of the communal table with plenty of room to spread out too.
With a glass of wine in hand we were cruising and we ordered:
- Seared scallops on house made black pudding with pea puree
- Braised early Spring Rabbit, roast squash, zucchini and chickpeas with a broadbean and pea shoot salad
- Pasta of the day which was with Spanner crab, asparagus, tomato, garlic and chilli
- Melted gruyere and jalapeno home style fries baked with spiced tomato
The scallops arrived first - three little scallops accompanied by three hefty fingers of black pudding. Classic combination but the scallop to black pudding ratio was probably a little bit off so we didn't always get that balance of flavour. It was helped though that the black pudding wasn't as intense in flavour as it can be as I think all that black pudding had it been strong could have been overwhelming. I liked the sweetness of the pea puree to balance some of the stronger robust flavours.
I thought the braised rabbit would have been later with the word Spring in the description. To me it was more autumnal and stew like in spite of the green flecks of broad been. It was tasty enough though.
Pasta was rustic and where the rabbit was autumnal, this was more a Spring Summer dish. The pasta wasn't the silkiest I've had and was actually quite dense but I liked that about it.
The potatoes were like patatas bravas. The tomato sauce was bit too intense and there was a bit too much of it so it was all a bit overpowering.
We realised we'd ordered a bit of an eclectic mix of food and it showed as it didn't all quite come together. The menu is a little bit hotch potch. Not sure what the potatoes really go with but as a Friday night reasonably quick fix it did what it had to.