The Woodspeen is currently our favourite place to eat. It is rare to find a place that is relaxed and informal yet consistently delivers food, drinks and service of the highest quality. We are here for our fifth visit with great confidence that lunch will be outstanding.
Sitting in the bar, Rock orders a Raspberry Crush made by Luscombe, served with a cocktail stick of fresh berries. I have a Cavalier Golden Ale from the Two Cocks Brewery. These are served with a bowl of home-made crisps. The crush, the ale and the crisps are all top notch.
We move into the restaurant for our starter of quail breast and crispy leg with chicory & orange jam and a cauliflower puree. We are sharing the starter and, one of the things we love about The Woodspeen is that, when you share a dish, they don’t just give you one plate and two sets of cutlery. They carefully divide the food onto two small plates and dress it – so you receive a proper but smaller version of the original dish. The quail is superb.
Next I have the roasted cod with pancetta, cavolo nero, girolles, onions and a cep puree. The fish is perfectly cooked, the pancetta and cavolo nero bring texture and flavour and all the other elements of the dish work together – it tastes fantastic. Rock has the pan fried sea trout with baby gem, peas and horseradish potato. Another perfectly cooked piece of fish, another fabulous dish.
Brown sugar custard with wholemeal crumble, blackberries and a berry sorbet is Rock’s choice for dessert. I have the tarte of fig and hazelnut with fig leaf ice cream. Both desserts are sublime. This is followed by great coffee and petit fours.
The whole experience has been as outstanding as we had hoped. The food has been extraordinary, the service from restaurant manager André and his team has been exceptional. This consistency of quality is remarkable – every time we come here they manage to wow us!