Wedgwood just seems to get it right. This is fine dining, but with the friendliest service you will find. Somehow the calm you feel in Wedgwood makes the food taste even better.
I knew this would be a good lunch when with very little fuss I was offered gluten free bread, without even asking. Yes, our host had told the restaurant in advance, but so often there is none, or it is ropey. This bread was just good. I handed it round, as usual, to the gluten eaters for their verdict and they all agreed it was tasty, well-made bread.
Wedgwood did the gluten free choice really well and I could, more or less, have anything on the menu, with only a couple of tweaks to the meals. The choice was only difficult because I wanted everything
We enjoyed a Sunday set menu, which is strikingly good value. My starter of goat’s cheese, walnut and beetroot was lovely. These flavours would always be a top choice for me, and the quality of the presentation and food itself did not disappoint. The walnuts managed not to be bitter, which was also a surprise!
Our mains were similarly fantastic and I was very happy with sea bass in a seafood jus with greens and potatoes. The jus was oomphy and delicious, and the little chunks of potato had absorbed its flavour and were moist and softened. A crisp skin on the sea bass fillet gave a really tasty edge to the fish too. Companions had some good meals as well: very good venison meatballs which were juicy and pink and could have been mine with a tiny tweak; coley with chorizo, onions and peas looked like a painting and tasted well too; and I was told the risotto was also a delight. We were all happy with our choices.
I did not feel over full so unusually went for a pudding. The choices tended towards gluten, but the restaurant offered me a pudding from the evening menu. It was unusual: coconut panacotta with beetroot sorbet, macaroon, meringue and a flash of Sweet Cicely pesto – this gave it a slightly savoury/licorice flavour which I quite liked. The pudding was not sweet and had a really interesting mix of flavours. I didn’t finish it, but it soon got scooped up by my fellow diners who had finished their sticky toffee puddings and an extraordinarily beautiful brownie with chocolate ganache and pistachio.
I liked Wedgwood a lot. While I know that good restaurants will always cope better with diners with allergies, there was the added skill of just so little fuss here, that it was simply very relaxing and enjoyable
We had some very good, but not outrageous Fleurie with our meal, my husband had a beer and the teenager a Coke. Our choices worked well and were fine by the team at Wedgwood – just like everything, they take in their stride and give unfussy, friendly, but really professional service.