All reader reviews by Stevie

Launceston Place

We visited this lovely restaurant on Friday 31 March.

We were glad that we had dressed for the occasion as it is a formal atmosphere and offers a great opportunity to dress up!

During the meal we enjoyed a gorgeous bottle of Shiraz at about £36 and worth every penny. For starters my partner had Crabmeat & Sweetcorn cakes whilst I had a Wensleydale cheese tart, both absolutely delicious and beautifully presented.

For mains we had a steak with caramelised red onions and strong cheese with french fries and green beans (all lovely) and scallops with aubergine, baby tomatoes, and a saffron mash (heavenly).

We shared a brulee dessert with homemade choclate chip cookies.

Service throughout was excellent.

Our only gripe was that a fellow diner was a chain smoker and the air-con/ceiling fan did not perform an adequate job in relieving us of the burden of second hand smoke. When you're spending £120 on a meal for two it really is frustrating to have to endure inconsiderate pollution.

Me thinks a smoking ban (in restaurants at least) can't come soon enough.

We will return to Launceston Place as soon as we can.

Monday, April 03, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


I chose Terra for my girlfriends birthday having read several reviews on the London-eating site.

Our welcome was a friendly one and throughout the evening the staff were very polite and attentive.

We sat in the downstairs area and the atmosphere was great; busy, vibrant with plenty of chat going on at other tables. Our table had been decorated with balloons and birthday trimmings which Annabel loved.

For starters we chose Tiger prawns (cooked to perfection) and Baby Squid which was also very good. This was accompanied by a good value bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.

For mains we had a seafood risotto which Annabel really enjoyed but I was extremely disappointed by one of the day's specials, mussels with chorizo and new potatoes. The mussels were over-cooked and many had volunteered to escape their shells. They were also the smallest mussels I have ever been served....a very poor dish indeed.

I would also mention that, whilst we did arrive late for our table, we felt that the lack of a break between our starters and mains made us feel extremely rushed and part of a production line.

So, overall, we decided that Terra didn't live up to al the hype, and whislt the staff and atmosphere were fine, aspects of the food and speed of service wouldn't encourage us to rush back.

Monday, April 03, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

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