All reader reviews by jpswalsh

Lanes

My friend and I had dinner here last night, taking them up on the 50% off the food bill deal that was on offer.

We floated out of the restaurant. I was sceptical as we approached, but the staff were impeccable, the ambience was gorgeous; beautiful and calming.

The menu was simple and very British (knickerbocker glory?). My friend opted for the calfs liver and I had the rack of lamb. When our meals arrived, my first impression was 'if I was paying £23 for the lamb, I'd be a bit annoyed by how small it was.' It was very tasty though, a little overdone by my taste, but I actually hadn't been asked how I would like it cooked and I'm nit-picking. The sides were simple and really delicious, the cabbage especially. We both had the sticky toffee pudding which was gorgeous, and he finished with a coffee. We asked for the bill when the waitress cleared the table and she was quick to assure us that there was no rush for us to finish and that we were welcome to stay as long as we wanted. Never before has that happened!

All in all, it was a fantastic experience. The staff and service were impeccable, friendly, helpful and accomodating. Wine and water glasses were always topped up without interrupting the conversation, and we had completely unwound by the end of the evening, very full and very happy, floating off down the street. Would go again ni a heartbeat, 50% off or not!

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Shampers

This is one of my favourites. Small and intimate with a great atmosphere. Reasonably priced and attentive service that doesn't interrupt the flow of conversation. The owner is incredibly passionate about wine and his recommendations are always right on the money! Have a very enjoyable evening every time, the monk fish is a firm favourite, and the wine list is extensive.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


Blah Blah Blah

Went there last night with a friend and really enjoyed the meal. I was on a pretty tight budget and as we were dining before a gig we were hoping to just grab a main meal and head off but you have to order two courses; it would have been helpful to know this earlier! The prices have gone up a little, but not a lot, the food is still very tasty and fresh, good value, the service is great and the atmosphere is lovely.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


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