We wanted to have dinner at the Field but they were fully booked. Instead Rufus & Lani secured a table at its sister restaurant, the Field Grill House in Stockbridge. These two restaurants both make a virtue of sourcing quality ingredients as locally as possible.
Rock is having the roast quail’s breast, quail kiev with crisped, pickled and crushed carrots. Rufus & I are both having the beetroot cured salmon with mint crème fraiche, beetroot, pickled cucumber and a crispy crab ball. Lani cannot resist the pan fried scallops with black pudding, avocado & hazelnuts. Everything is fresh, beautifully presented and tastes really good. Each of the starters has an excellent mix of textures and the use of pickling and curing has enhanced the flavours.
For the starters and the main fish dishes we order a bottle of Domaine Horgelus Colombard Sauvignon – a refreshing white with good citrus and floral notes which should work well with fish and seafood dishes. Rufus is having steak next and picks a Les Marins Malbec by Paul Sapin to go with that. I choose a Leyda Reserva Pinot Noir that should go well with my pork dish.
Rufus’ 35day aged ribeye steak comes from Shaws of Lauder and is served with hand cut chips, Portobello mushroom, roast tomato and shallot salt. My grilled pork loin is accompanied by pork cheek, black pudding gnocchi, scotch quail egg, apple & ginger sauce. It is heavenly! A sweet potato & goat’s cheese ravioli arrives for Rock – which is a bit of a problem because it’s not the dish she ordered. Profuse apologies follow and the kitchen races to put together the roast hake with curried cauliflower, avocado crème fraiche, mango salsa and prawn wonton which she had actually ordered. Lani has the roast cod, lobster tortellini, anchovy & olive mash and thermidor sauce.
We are all enjoying the food and the wine and we cannot resist carrying on. Rufus & Lani decide to share the caramelised white chocolate & raspberry baked alaska. Rock & I share the IJ Mellis cheese selection served with grapes, honey and oatcakes.
We have had a great time – fabulous company, great food, good wine. The service and the atmosphere at Field Grill House have also been really excellent. We may have wanted to be at Field but the Grill House has been a great alternative.