For those of you that are travelling to, or live in, the area of Bath in the UK, this one's for you. Last week we took a look at accommodations at The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath. As it's in such close proximity to London, it is definitely worthy of a mention as the perfect country escape for a Londoner on the run from the hustle and bustle of the city. While the hotel itself is lovely and more than accommodating when it comes to finding new ways in which to please its guests, the real hidden secret here is discovered behind the Royal Crescent, in the hotel restaurant - The Dower House.
In a truly epic meal, that lasted well over two hours, my guest and I made it through a rather intense tasting menu that highlighted the specialty of the chef in residence. From smoked fish to venison, slow cooked duck egg to goat's curd, the first four courses were enough to make one believe heaven had just been found on earth. If my taste buds came with score cards, they'd all be bouncing around with 10s held high for all to see! And it must be noted that the portion size of the tasting menu mains are perfectly spot on. The team in the kitchen have most certainly done their research on not only the appropriate size, but also the appropriate timings in presenting each course. We did not need to be rolled back to our rooms by the time we took our last bite of goat's curd. We also didn't feel as if our palettes had been over exhausted. Rather we both felt quite content and well looked after. This was before dessert.
Oh, dessert - the part of any meal that has it's own special place in your stomach. There is always room for dessert, no matter how many courses you've scoffed down. And when the waiter informs you that a deconstructed Banoffee pie is awaiting you, you clear everything and make time in your schedule (and your tummy). Only it wasn't just a contemporary take on a timeless classic that was awaiting us. And we thought dessert would just be a one trick pony. Oh no, the food continued as more surprises from the chef made their way to our table. Finally the meal concluded with a delicious tray of chocolates and such, and a very large coffee.
Was it worth it? The calorie intake, I mean? The answer is a resounding "Hell, yes." It was a true surprise to find such a delightful sensory surprise in a most unlikely location. The Dower House is a must visit for travelers and residents alike. Oh, and I will also just add that we saw a burger fly past our table and we both were left salivating. So whether you make the trek for the tasting menu, or choose to go a la carte - this is a restaurant that will most certainly aim to please and achieve their goal with flying success!
The tasting menu at The Dower House in Bath starts at £72 per head.
To make reservations, visit their website: http://www.royalcrescent.co.uk/dining/dower-house-restaurant/
And to really get your in the mood... check out pictures from our evening of being "in it to win it" when it comes to clearing our plates!
Fashion Foie Gras was a guest of The Dower House for dinner.