Well, well, well. What do we have here? a slab of the most chocolatey honeycomb-y arctic roll with chocolate shavings ready to bring in December in style. All good restaurant reviews skip straight to the pudding, right? ;)
Let me tell you, that moreish chunk of love might have been a heart attack in a bowl, but every last morsel was divine, and not an ounce of guilt overcame me.
I find myself day dreaming about it to this day...
Actually, we had a Jamie look alike sitting at the table behind us. I almost cried when I realised it wasn't him - put a slight downer on the evening. Who goes to Jamie Oliver's Italian looking like a stunt double of the man?!
Anyway, the food. Oh the food.
When I ordered starters (an array of slightly chewy but deliciously battered crispy squid, and fresh lemony crab bruschetta) I was initially worried about portion sizes being too small. I have eyes bigger than my belly you see, that stems from a genuine fear of being left hungry.
I looked to Neil for consolation. The mains arrived, and I was instantly at ease. A great big pile of chips, flat steak spread out the size of the plate and a pile of delicious spicy sausage pappardelle. YUM.
We tend to do a little sharesies whenever we go to restaurants, and Jamie's was the perfect place for this, tempted by their meat share boards. On this occasion, Neil chose the steak and I was left with a slight case of food envy until I took a bite of my pappardelle and was blown away by the rich taste.
No meal is complete without an alcoholic drink to swig on beside it, and whilst we usually opt for a bottle of house red, the price kinda swayed us so we stuck with beers. Libertá, the home-brewed lager was just the ticket to accompany my spicy pasta. I was smitten with the branding on the bottle too, it's the little things.
All in all a top eve with fine food and company. Great table service, delicious food, an exceptional menu to choose from and even a Jamie lookey likey to keep you entertained. I wouldn't hesitate to visit this place again (we usually pop here for our office Christmas do!) and have yet to be disappointed.
If you're looking for a place to celebrate the festive season, or a special occasion, this place is perfect. They can cater for big groups and small, have a huge selection of starters and mains to sink your teeth into (pudding menu a little less choice, but everything made me say 'wow') - just don't go expecting change from a 20 if you're wine lovers like us ;)
10/10 for atmosphere in there, and the décor also makes me happy!
Here, have a slice of arctic roll before you go book a table...
Thank you Mr. Shaw, for the wonderful photos and accompanying me for an evening of fine dining.
I'm Fifi Mcgee
I'm a cushion addict, passionate about designing my house to be a place that improves my life