We keep reading and hearing about a restaurant called Carters. Brad Carter and Holly Jackson opened the place around 5 years ago and, after becoming the Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year in 2015, it recently earned its first Michelin star. Today we will see if it gets the WadeandRock seal of approval.
Holly is there to greet us as we arrive and we are pleased to see that, even though the restaurant is relatively small, diners have room to eat in comfort. The interesting daily menu is fixed with a choice of two starters, two main courses and two desserts.
Rock starts our culinary adventure with the flamed mackerel, fermented turnips and lovage. I choose the pheasant dumpling, kabocha squash and oregano. We both try each others and confirm that we made the right choice – Rock loves the mackerel, I am equally in love with the dumpling.
I am pleased to see that Mad Goose, a pale ale by Purity, is on the drinks menu and order a bottle. As usual with Purity beers – it is beautiful. Meanwhile, Rock and I are both served parsnip broth with dates and hazelnuts. Really interesting flavours but we both feel the dish does not need quite so much hazelnut oil.
Now Rock has an opportunity to enjoy the Cornish monkfish with artichoke, kale and smoked bacon fat. I am moving on to the roast red deer with white beetroot, sloes and bone marrow. The deer is cooked to perfection and the whole dish is just a thing of beauty.
For dessert Rock has the poached quince with brown butter ice cream and caramel. She is impressed by the wafers that stay crisp even after being soaked in hot caramel. I have the buttermilk mousse with persimmon & wild fennel. Then coffee and a surprise! No petit fours but bars of hand-made cardamon chocolate wrapped in foil.
I’m not sure we have had so many different and interesting tasting experiences in one lunchtime before. Holly has looked after us well the whole time and our verdict – this is a small part of foodie heaven!