Being our anniversary I decided to take my fiance to the local vegetarian restaurant which, unfortunately, started out as complete shambles.

Having booked the table previously – and only just being able to book it – I expected to be seated in a crowded restaurant. I didn’t expect to be seated at a back of a very small gig. I was a bit disappointed at the seating arrangement – it was our anniversary and I didn’t particularly want to share it with 20 other people plus band – but was content to put up and be quiet: Anything for an easy life.

Not my Lou. She marched up to the guy who showed us to our table and basically told him that if we weren’t reseated then we would have to pass for another time. Fortunately for us (and them) someone had just finished their meal and vacated their table. Huzzah – our night was saved.

Having been seated and picked our meals, we were promptly served our drinks. The starters followed fairly swiftly and was very nice. However there was a rather long gap to our main course. Also they tried to pipe the country and western gig through to the main serving area which overloaded the speakers, making pleasurable chat next to impossible. Fortunately for us (and the speakers) they turned the gig off in our area leaving me to gaze longingly at my fiance in relative silence.

The main course was finally bought to us but who I presume was the cook, the interval drinks was bought to us by what appeared to be a cooks hand. This again was very nice.

So what did we eat? Glad you ask.

I had

  • Baked Mushroom and Honey Roast Shallot Pate followed by
  • 3 Cheese, Spinach and Petit Pois Pancakes with
  • Fentimans Lemonade.

While Lou had

  • Hummus and Hot Bread with
  • Wild Mushroom and Goat’s Cheese Roulade washed down with
  • Peppermint tea and an Elderflower spritzer.

Was it nice? I found mine to be very nice, but Lou is a fussy eater and found the Wild Mushroom to be overpowering. Having tried her’s I have to say that the hummus was quite bland compared to my starters and the wild mushroom was at odds with the Roulade. Seems like I had the better meal out of the two.

So the final rating? Well I would eat there again. The service was abysmal, but you could blame most of that on the band, so I will recommend avoiding Sunday evenings if at all possible. Lou wasn’t particularly pleased with her meal but she is quite a fussy eater.

  • Service: 5/10
  • Atmosphere: 7/10
  • Food: 8/10
  • Price: 7/10
  • Overall: 7/10