There are parts of my job which are great .. and there are parts of my job that are really great!
And dining out around the city at the best venues is the best part of all, especially as I couldn’t do it for so long. Now don’t get me wrong, dining in during lockdown with great food from some of my favourite restaurants wasn’t a chore by any stretch, but you can’t beat getting dressed up and heading out to meet your chums who you haven’t seen for ages, to love and laugh together over a marvellous meal.
And this weekend we were lucky enough to get a table at The Yard where we did all of the above. The Yard has had a refurb, and has now become a part of Kingdom Thenga’s group of venues with Chef & Patron Carl Noller still very much at the helm.
Carl is one of Chester’s most loved Chefs and his Italian themed menus are just as good as they’ve always been. Super-luxurious and decadent, with something for everyone – and a visit to The Yard won’t break the bank either. Its also had a refurb and is looking fabulous – so if you’re deciding where to book for your first post-lock-down dining experience, then now you know where.
I know this menu well seeing as I was invited to the pre-launch cook-off with all the staff a couple of weeks ago when I got to take loads of foodie photos (my very favourite thing to do). I seriously love oysters, and as you will see from my photographs, Carl’s oysters are absolute beauties – super fresh and local from the Menai straits. They are served classically on ice with pickled ginger & shallot, salsa verde or tabasco – and they were absolutely knock out. I could quite happily go back for a double portion with homemade focaccia and a bottle of something white, cold and delicious. Who’s in?
Seeing as I shared the oysters with my friend Jane, we also ordered the Sardine alla griglia to start (fresh Cornish sardines, tomato, feta and mint salad). Also totally gorgeous and made a great sharing combo with the oysters.
I already knew what I was going to order for main course before I arrived, as I absolutely loved it when I tried it first time round at the cook-off. The Beef cheek bolognese with fresh tagliatelle. This dish is so full of flavour, its no wonder Carl has had it on the menu from when The Yard very first opened as its beyond delicious. We teamed it up with a bottle of Sospiro Valpolicella Ripasso (Baby Amarone) which worked a treat. I can see us booking in regularly early doors for a couple of bowls of Beef cheek bolognese and a really good red. Carl uses award winning local butcher David Joinson for all of his meat so its no wonder how excellent the quality is.
No dessert for me on Saturday, I swopped out for an Espresso Martini instead – and an extra word on the cocktails (as I had the most amazing Pina Colada a la ‘Guy Purser’ when I arrived) – Marvellous.
Restaurant Manager Leah and her team are an absolute delight so please go and support this fabulous restaurant on City Road (and you can leave your car on a Saturday night as there are no parking restrictions on a Sunday – just saying!).
And don’t forget they are taking part in the governments Eat Out to Help Out campaign too.