As promised I’m writing about my second trip to The Larder.
Read my last post here.
I had booked to go back with my friend Tracey who had been with me last month. It was a Friday night, so we had anticipated a couple of glasses of wine and a good natter after a hard week at work!
We were greeted with a warm welcome by the manager, who had served us last time. We had the same nice booth table! Plenty of space for food and drinks and phones!
We kicked off with a glass of prossecco of course.
The menu was the same as the last time, so I wanted to try something new. Still being on a diet I was trying to think of the healthiest thing to order!
I choose salt and pepper calamari to start followed by a medium cooked rib-eye steak, with a side salad. It came with chips, too! 😉
Tracey chose prawn cocktail and then the special, chicken balmoral.
I loved the music – it was background, but loud enough I could tune in and out when I heard a cool tune. That makes a massive difference to the dining experience. When I was a Restaurant Manager I personally picked the music for the ‘shift’ and I attended to music levels as the restaurant got busier or quieter. It sets the tone, I feel.
We had sparkling water for the table and I ordered a large glass of the house merlot.
Tracey was driving so she ordered a dc!
Calamari can be a hit or a miss, particularly if the chef doesn’t know how to cook it. On this occasion I was delighted that the chef did know how to cook it and it tasted amazing! The portion size was generous and it came with a little dressed salad.
My rib-eye steak was equally as tasty. It was a lovely tender piece of meat, cooked exactly how I like it, plus the mushrooms, homemade chips and side salad were super accompaniments. I asked for some Arran mustard (my absolute fav!) instead of the peppercorn sauce.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our food and I loved the merlot too.
Disappointingly the toilets were still not in use so I had to once again use the disabled toilet – it still needs that mirror! I realise operational things happen but toilets are right at the top of a diner’s experience. Since I was a child, I’ve always visited the loo to judge! Just ask my Mum lol.
All in all, the experience was much improved and I was impressed with the service once again. If anything, it could have done with being a little busier to give a Friday night feeling.
Thanks to the larder for having us back and giving us an awesome night! We’ll be back again soon