Special occasion dining…
We decided to book this restaurant as a couple for a special occasion. There are two parts to this restaurant, the witchery and the secret garden. They both looked lovely, however we booked the secret garden restaurant as it is advertised as more romantic…
Past the entrance to the Witchery we walked down a narrow walkway to the secret garden. We were slightly early and were seated in the small foyer area to wait for our table. We were offered an alternate table but were advised to wait for the table we had booked as it was better. Of course we waited. Whilst waiting we were offered drinks and the hostess was very attentive and professional.
Once our table was ready we were guided down the staircase through the restaurant to our round table for two. The setting was very romantic. Mood lighting and candles, the layout created a sense of private dining, even though there were many diners in the room.
The Witchery by the castle menus were a choice of a la carte or a set menu. The set menu seemed to be great value at £35 a head for three courses. However we were both drawn to the roast duck from the a la carte and decided on this menu.
To view the menu click here Witchery_a_la_carte_
The waiter was again attentive and professional. We ordered our meals and asked advice for wine pairings with our chosen dishes. We took the advice and were not disappointed.
To start we ordered the Scallops and then the Roast duck breast for the main. Both courses were cooked well, with subtle flavours. Although the first two courses were quite filling we had to try dessert!
We ordered the pudding selection to share (how romantic…). This consisted of chocolate tart, creme brûlée, gateau, shortbread with berries and ice creams. So glad we tried this as they were amazing! It was a great idea to sample a little of all of the different tastes. The waiter played a trick on my husband giving him a very small spoon to eat his dessert with! Although he gave him back the real one so he didn’t really miss out.
Now for the prices.. the meal including wine (two glasses of champagne, two glasses of white and two glasses of red) cost £176. Expensive for a meal for two but we thought it was worth the price. For the food, setting and a memorable evening.
So as you can see this is not somewhere we could eat regularly.
For a ‘one off’ or special meal I would recommend the Witchery by the castle as I can not fault the food or the service. The prices however are quite high. For a treat it is worth it and by ordering from the set menu you can save some cash too.