Recently they opened their restaurant to the public (previously it was only available for residents) and with head chef Nicola Albiniano in the kitchen, they should do very well. I've eaten Nicola's food at local places The Swan Inn and Pilings Lock and I knew the standard would be high. So last Tuesday with Mummy Bites in tow, I headed over there for dinner.
Bear in mind that you are going to a guest house and so, you will enter into the B&B hall and start in the lounge. Don't let this put you off. The staff are very friendly and will offer you a warm welcome. The menu is short but well formed with a range of gastro pub style dishes such as belly pork, risotto, rack of lamb and fish of the day. The specials really caught our attention though and both mum and I went for something on there.
To start, we had an amouse bouche of spiced pumpkin soup and homemade sourdough bread. Seasonal and just delicious. I then had mussels cooked in organic cider and tarragon cream sauce. They were incredibly juicy and fresh and I don't have a bad word to say about them! Mum had the grilled asparagus spears with a poached egg and Parmesan shavings. The asparagus wasn't the prettiest dish on the plate but it was cooked perfectly and Mum enjoyed it.
For our mains, again, we both went for something from the specials menu. I opted for the slow cooked steak and kidney pie with rosemary mash and red wine gravy and Mum went for the black tiger prawn thermidor with homemade french fries and green leaf salad. The first thing to say is that the portion sizes were HUGE! Neither of us finished our meals. The pie was lovely - shortcrust pastry wrapped around steak and kidneys with big rich mushrooms. I would have preferred a little more juice in the pie but once I'd drizzled it with the red wine gravy, it was spot on. The mash was gorgeous - I'll be stealing that one for my own!
We were both interested to see the black prawn thermidor on the menu and were pleasantly surprised when it came out. 5 big meaty prawns prepared well and topped with a cheesy crust. The homemade fries were great too but the portion was probably enough for 2 to share and as a result, there were lots left. All mains come with vegetables on the side too - skip lunch if you want to fit it all in!
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*We were invited to dine at The Mountsorrel and didn't pay for our meals. All opinions are my own and the cost would have been circa £45 for one round of drinks, two starters and two mains.