WOW! Where to start with this one! I am so excited to write this review as the experience I had last night at The Dining Room was second to none.
This is a slightly unusual venue, in as far that this beautiful new restaurant and bar is located within a brand new, luxury retirement village in Tattenhall, Cheshire. The restaurant not only gives its residents somewhere special to dine with friends and family, but now everyone can experience The Dining Room for themselves, as they have just opened it up to the public too. I went to dine there last night and I was literally blown away by the quality and presentation of this fabulous food.
But that’s not all – the service, the wine, the drinks and ambiance is right up there too. First of all, this restaurant is beautiful. Its comfortable, sumptuous and not too large – so the space feels cosy and intimate as well as there being plenty of space. You can see that no corners have been cut here and the kitchen is seriously state-of-the-art.
I was dining with General Manager Jess (of Gifford Lea Inspired Village) and Local Marketing Executive Lisa, so the company was as good as the food (thank you ladies, I loved it). Restaurant Manager Genesis is a delight, and his understated but attentive service style is perfect for this lovely venue.
To start I had the White onion soup with cider & blue cheese beignet (little tiny savoury fritters). This was so delicious – slightly sweet from the onions and not overpowering from the cider, with plenty of texture from the beignets, I absolutely loved it! Jess had the Pigeon breast with pearl barley risotto, hazelnut & chive emulsion and Lisa had the Scallop with apple, cauliflower and crisp bacon. Again, both were really good.
For main course Lisa and I both went for the Lamb, confit leg and roast rump with aerated onion, confit potato and butternut purée. I absolutely love lamb and seeing as I rarely cook it at home, I normally opt for it when it’s on the menu – and this was probably the best lamb dish I can remember having. The confit was full of flavor and the rump cooked perfectly. The accompaniments to this dish were also fabulous – and you can see how pretty this dish was from my photo. This is Chef Dom’s signature dish, and worth a visit all on its own.
Jess had the Duck – roast breast, creamed garlic potatoes, parsnip cake and damson jam. Again, the duck was cooked perfectly with crispy skin and the combination of that pink duck with the parsnip cake and the homemade damson jam was stunning.
On to the desserts. I have to mention the pastry chef Jackie Jarvis. This is one very talented lady, her desserts are sublime. My favourite cocktail in the whole world is a Pina Colada, so my choice was very easy – Frozen coconut, kraken rum jelly, torched meringue and pineapple, and this was the most perfect Pina Colada on a plate. It was light and the flavours were spot on. Lisa ordered the Blackberry with crisp butter pastry, vanilla set cream, blackberry sorbet and almonds which was also delicious, and Jess went for the ‘Malteaser’ – whipped malt cream, 65% dark chocolate, crisp malt sponge and salted caramel ice cream. I can’t really tell you which of these I enjoyed the most, but the theatre of smashing through that perfectly tempered chocolate Malteaser orb to get to the gorgeous stuff inside was a lovely thing (go to the We Love Good Times FB page to see the live-action video).
As good as the three desserts were, Genesis had also ordered the ‘Apple’ for us – apple mouse, hedgerow berries, evaporated milk custard and crumble. Again there was a surprise in store as the Apple .. was not a actually an apple! It was a fabulous dessert encapsulated in a green jelly case with a little chocolate stalk. Not only was it heavenly but it was also very, very clever.
I also have to mention Genesis’ cocktails – absolutely stunning in both presentation and taste.
Chef Dominic is super-talented. He helped create The Dining Room after working with local legend Mark Ellis for many years at Peckforton Castle, Allium and Shippon. Dom trained at Le Clos du Chateau in France and cooked at the Savoy Hotel, Browns Mayfair and Petrus for Marcus Wareing. This Chef has it all, he understands where the best produce is to be found locally, as well as creating amazing flavor combinations with lovely textures – and his plating and presentation skills are off the chart.
They change the menu regularly, so if you want to enjoy any of these dishes then book in quickly!
The Dining Room in Tattenhall is a very special place that I cannot recommend highly enough. And you’ll be very pleasantly surprised at how good value it is too. My next visit will be for Sunday lunch.