August 12, 2016

Anniversary early-bird dinner at The Woodspeen

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Welcome to throwback Thursday at The Woodspeen.

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Where the michelin star(s) are accumulating under the golden sprung lampshades in the kitchen

And can be enthusiastically enjoyed at The Woodspeen bar...

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Refreshing, fancy a sip... come on, dive right in?

We started with - lick your lips - sweet vanilla vodka cosmopolitans and frosty - put hairs on your chest - kraken concoctions to kick off Anniversary toasting.

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With one frosty and rum-tastic pre dinner tipple in hand we weaved through the busy restaurant to our intimate corner spot by the kitchen.

This is our second time at The Woodspeen, we popped by in January for my birthday and decided it be the perfect date for our anniversary.

The menu is seasonal here at The Woodspeen.  Nice and refreshing not to see any of January's dishes on the menu but a whole new selection of elaborate tastiness to choose from. 

 Everything sounded flipping delicious - it was almost too difficult to choose (or to read without licking your lips)!

Finally we made our selections and nosily watched the chef & his team in the kitchen get to work - the open kitchen at The Woodspeen is like a window into another world.

Mr. S was served with his perfectly cooked crab ravioli & guac (with extra broth expertly poured in front of us)

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And my masterpiece of a dish, the beef cheek & scallops.  Pretty as a picture and an explosion of textures and taste, just incredible.

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Some local refreshments in between to cleanse the palette (love the feather packaging).

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Then our main course.  In true old couple fashion we both ordered the same; the beef with god knows what (sorry, I can't remember) but it was heavenly.

I gobbled this up and almost licked the plate clean.  The sauce was just sensational and all the little extra nibbles really tied it all together.

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We love our beef and are pretty nifty at cooking it ourselves - so we do have a tendency to be tough critics. But I'm please to report we've awarded The Woodspeen our very own gold star for this dish.

And the lemon meringue.

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which deserved a gold star for presentation alone.

Our anniversary meal at The Woodspeen was worth every penny.  It's such a beautiful location and the staff are exceptional at making you feel special. Be sure to book well in advance (to avoid disappointment) - and try request a table near the kitchen so you can get a glimpse of the chef's in action.

Book yourselves in here - go on, you won't regret it!

The Rich Gypsy xo