The strength of Chef RJ Lines is his ability to not overcomplicate the food on the plate, but rather to showcase produce and flavours that consistently delight the locals who proudly support this outstanding neighbourhood restaurant.
The spacious and more reserved dining room below the bustling Vernon’s Bar employs the simple device of thoughtful lighting to showcase the charming heritage aspects of its former life as a post office.
From the ‘Trust the Chef’ menu, the sophisticated first course of sardines on seeded rye crispbread with tomato, celery and garlic cream sets the tone for what follows. The well-seasoned salt cod fritters, served with smoked chilli mayo, have become a very popular staple on the menu. The exceptional depth of flavour from the king prawn bisque is astutely complemented with hand-made maltagliati and house-cured bacon that add a layer of texture and seasoning. The Thirlmere free-range wood-roasted chicken is accompanied by spiced-salt potatoes and a sublime cauliflower side.
PSST! The monthly cellar nights (held on the last Tuesday of each month) provide a perfect opportunity to bring in your special bottle and have the sommelier carefully match dishes to your wine.