I would like to say thank you again to Lincoln bloggers UK for the invite to the Press/ Influencer/ VIP night. Disclaimer: The event was discounted but in no way will affect my opinion.
I was lucky enough to visit on Friday (14th August) before of its official opening this today (Tuesday 18th August). Good luck guys!! You have to visit trust me not only is the food spectacular the decor might not be to everyone’s taste but I really liked it for me it was major secret garden vibes. We were given a warm welcome and welcome drink with an edible print sheet and flower (I want to say a pansy I might be wrong). Once upstairs the building and decor came into their own the large glass windows let in so much natural light and a delightful view looking down onto Cornhill courtyard.
Also given the fact the government are relaxing restrictions with safety protocols in place I would just like to say during our visit it was safe and clean with social distance measures put in to place and the staff was wearing face masks and sanitising regularly. People might be put off by dining out and not being able to see their servers face but I can say even with the masks the staff were friendly, attentive and nothing was too much hassle. One thing I did notices that the wait staff had a wealth of knowledge about the food and drink which for me is always a good sign.
Luckily, I wasn’t dining alone had the wonderful Claire Bear with me. I would just like to say Claire Bear and I can eat a lot of food but portions sizes here are huge and we struggled. Claire’s starter was the garlic bread I wish I was recording when they brought it to the table. The miniature loaf of bread was served in a miniature picnic basket it was so soft, cheesy and garlicky like what more do you want. I ordered the onion petals and it was divine the salt and pepper coating was so flavourful and crisp. But!! Next time we go we are going to share a starter.
For our mains, Claire ordered a burger with proper seasoned chunky chips and I ordered the halloumi hanging kebab (it's clear why they’re known for them) and properly seasoned fires. They are not joking about properly seasoned chips or fries they are lush just enough salt and pepper not enough to be over baring and we had a friendly debate about whether the chips or fries were better. Claire said the burger was really good and she would order it again. The halloumi kebab was one of the best I’ve had and the garlic oil that you pour over the top was lush (Check out the video of it here). The halloumi and the vegetables came off the skewer easy which is a bonus nothing worse than a stuck kebab.
For dessert both Claire and I ordered the cookie dough, it was heavenly the chocolate chips must have been huge as we both kept finding huge pockets of melty goodness in the skillet. A personal preference from me would be a little more ice-cream but that didn’t ruin the cookie dough.
Both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails are both a must and I really can’t wait to visit again and try more from the menu. Their signature cocktail is called “The Botanist” it contains vodka, rum and elder flower. I had “The Botanist” in the non-alcoholic and it was still a wonderful flavourful drink that came beautifully decorated.
I hope everything runs smoothly tonight and I can't wait to return.