Saturday, 4 July 2015


A couple of months ago we had an amazing seasonal lunch at the wonderful Northcote. I had given Tim a gift voucher for his birthday so we went along to spend it.

This was our third visit, having previously experienced a gourmet night bed and breakfast and also another seasonal lunch. We actually got engaged at Northcote.

The beauty about the seasonal lunches on offer is that you get to experience the superb cooking of the local quality ingredients, but at a more accessible price for most people. The menu is different to the evening menu, but is no way limited, and the knowledgeable staff can answer any question if you have any concerns or queries about the menu.

Since our last visit the restaurant and bar have been refurbished to a very high standard. We had canapes in the bar area as we looked over the menu.

The meal we chose was superb and highlights for me were the new season broccoli starter and the milk crisps which came with desert.  We had a refreshing cocktail and coffee outside which came with the famous mini Eccles cakes which you also get at the River Valley Inns. We also watched one of the chefs take a tour group - possibly from the cookery school around the gardens. We understand that the gardens are recognised by the Soil Association as one of the best organic restaurant gardens as we were able to speak with the gardener on one of our previous trips.

And so, this is now officially ticked off The List. I have another restaurant on the list to visit, but that will take a little bit more organisation because of its locality to us. I do think that if you are thinking of going to a Michelin starred (or similar) establishment but feel it is beyond your reach, take a look at what is available at lunch times. The prices may be more accessible, and it could help wishing become reality regarding some of the best restaurants around.

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