Sometimes, if you ask, people will go the extra mile to give you what you want and even the smallest of things can make a huge difference. We never thought for a moment that the battered haddock at Jesse’s was anything other than freshly cooked, but the proof of that came when Rock asked if the kitchen could prepare her a lower fat version of fish and chips.
While waiting for the main courses to be prepared we enjoyed the selection of homemade breads which included flavours of blue cheese, malt, beetroot and tomato. Tasty and colourful. Then….a piece of gently cooked fresh haddock arrived unbattered and accompanied by fabulous hand-cut chips and minted pea puree. Job done and done very well!
As usual, I was much easier to please and chose the venison loin, venison faggot, roast parsnip & carrot, creamed savoy cabbage, parsnip puree and sloe gin jus. The loin was tender, with fabulous flavour and all elements of the dish were brought together by the sublime jus.
I usually stick to beer at lunchtime and here they had several Box Steam Brewery ales. I tried and enjoyed both Chuffin Ale & Piston Broke. The restaurant was fairly busy but the atmosphere relaxed and welcoming. Even the background music was decent quality, though a little dated – probably designed to suit the mostly middle-aged clientele.
The quality of the food, the atmosphere…..but most of all the willingness of Jesse’s to meet their diners’ needs, combined to make it a racing certainty that we will return here again before too long. Further info: www.jessesbistro.co.uk