While this restaurant operates in a familiar fashion at lunchtime, the evening brings a one-sitting operation into play. Guests are asked to arrive at 19.30 to dine at 20.00.
The restaurant describes the style as a 'Theatre of Food' - and the kitchen, headed by Les Wassell, is particularly-proud of its presentation.
While Amuse-Bouche's and inter-courses boost up the meal, starters such as 'Courgette & Lemon Soup with Herbed Cream'; 'Sautéed Chicken Livers with Orange Salad, a Balsamic Reduction, Walnuts & Honey'; 'Goats Cheese, Char-Grilled Chicory & Pears with Walnuts & Honey' and 'Ham Hock & Foie Gras Terrine' set the style.
Maybe to be followed by the likes of 'Pot Roast Rare Bred Pork, with Puy Lentil Casserole with Meat Jus'; 'Paupiette of Plaice with Prawn Mousseline & Sorrel Cream'; 'Wild Mushroom Strudels with a Madeira Reduction' and 'Slow-Roasted Blade of Beef with Horseradish Mash & Red Wine Reduction' among the mains.
Perhaps after a pre-dessert (depending on the day of the week), you might finish with 'Warm Eccles Cake & Clotted Cream'; 'Rum & Raisin Cheesecake' or 'Fresh Fruit Salad'.
Service is theatrically impressive.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.00 (Sun 15.00); mains about £14 to £27; set L Tues-Sat £18.95 (2 courses), £21.95 (3 courses); set L Sun £23.50 (3 courses) + childrens menu
- Dinner: Tues-Sat at 20.00 (one sitting); set D Tues & Weds £36.95 (5 courses), Thurs & Fri £41.95 (7 courses), Sat £46.95 (7 courses)
- Seats: 110
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups, and customers can bring their own wine between Tues & Thurs without being charged corkage
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Congleton Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon, D Sun, 25th to 31st Dec.
- Air conditioned