Tonight, we visited The Old Vicarage restaurant to review the food and service.
We would like to thank all of the staff for making us feel welcome as soon as we entered, and this continued right up to the moment that we left.
First we were asked if we wanted to sit at the table or on the comfy chairs while we waited, we decided to sit on the comfy chairs with a drink, and it didn’t take long before we were asked for our order.
For starters Joe ordered the prawn cocktail and I went for the French onion soup.
There were plenty of prawns to get you started, without there being too much, knowing that there was more to follow.
The prawns had a good bite to them without them being too hard and even the lettuce or, as Joe prefers to call it, rabbit food, tasted light and fresh. The prawns were well seasoned and included a Marie Rose sauce.
This also came with bread and butter, and you could tell the both were of a high quality.
The aroma of the French onion soup was the first thing that I really noticed. The bowl was full of onion and there were a variety of tastes and textures.
This also came with bread and butter, which, as Joe says, you could tell were of a high quality. I don’t usually have butter, but if it tastes as good as this, I will be rectifying that.
Joe had the haddock fish pie, with carrots, peas and green beans, which was a special.
While he doesn’t usually eat al dente vegetables, they perfectly complimented the soft fish pie. Usually you find that fish pie is almost mashed potatoe with just a little bit of fish, but this was at least 50% fish, or at least it felt that way.
For a big eater, serving may at first appear to be small, but this was just the right amount and proportions.
I decided to go with The Old Vic burger with blue cheese, bacon and chips accompanied with a tomato chutney and a honeyed coleslaw.
The burger was beautifully cooked and each mouthful was as good as the last.
Both the tomato chutney and honeyed coleslaw complimented the dish nicely.
While we waited for dessert, we cheated and had a coffee, Joe a cappaccino and I had a latte. Both were just right not too strong and Joe was especially impressed with how creamy the cappaccino remained, down to the final drop.
Then came our final course and, I am sure that most of you agree, the most important one, the dessert!
Joe had the sticky date pudding, butterscotch sauce and honeycomb ice cream.
This was not stodgy at all, in fact, it was nice and light. The ice cream complimented the sponge, as did the sauce. It was nicely finished off with strawberry.
Joe’s only complaint, was that there was no option to have custard with it, but the ice cream tasted good anyway.
I finished off with an Eton Mess, although it was listed on the menu as strawberry oatmeal meringue, chantilly cream and summer berries.
Everything was in perfect proportions and tasted better than I have had elsewhere.
The meringue was filled with oatmeal which I have not had before, but will be having again.
Both desserts were a perfect end to a lovely meal.
While the food was of an excellent quality, it was also the staff which made it an overall enjoyable evening. We would like to thank our servers, Rob and Jolene and also the chef, Dan and sous chef, Jack.
The overall atmosphere was calm, the music wasn’t too loud and the low lighting was just right.
The jelly baby at the end finished off the night perfectly.