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The Drouthy Cobbler Restaurant Review - June 2016

“An exquisite dining experience!”

The Drouthy Cobbler have added another string to their already impressive bow - a pop-up restaurant upstairs on Saturday nights only! For those of you looking for a refined culinary experience, look no further.

On arrival the bar area buzzed with excited energy and was comfortably full of relaxed, happy faces and then we were taken upstairs where the dramatic difference in decor and atmosphere was stunningly breathtaking. In contrast to the earthy, cave-like feel of the bar downstairs, the restaurant was all black with white linen, shiny cutlery, crystal clear glasses and a stylish bar. The soft music and low lighting made you feel like you were stepping into another world. Once seated we were offered water for the table and a selection of delicious breads. The staff cannot be faulted - upstairs or down - they present a friendly and upbeat attitude, communicate specials, make menu recommendations and listen well to customer orders. They are always happy to help and nothing is too much effort. Happy staff will always go the extra mile.

There is a set, 3 course menu with the option of having only 2 courses and is different every time. Our selection that night was sublime. I started with Beef tartare, slow cooked egg yolk, toasted brioche and brie fondue and it was truly remarkable, perfect actually! I could've had seconds which is more a reflection on the otherworldly taste than the portion size. My husband had Spiced Orkney crab cakes, tomato & sweetcorn salsa with baby herb salad and he was equally as delighted with his taste sensation. For the main course, I decided to go with Seared tuna loin, olives, fine beans, sun dried tomatoes, jersey royals & sauce gribiche - a delightful feast for the eyes and equally as exquisite on the tastebuds! My other half was spoiled with Slow cooked Clash farm pork belly, crispy polenta, chickpea cassoulet, spinach & Stornoway black pudding - all the things that ring his bells!

Dessert seemed too much to tackle alone as we were both sated, but it would've been rude not to - right? We decided to share and were recommended the Chocolate blondie with peanut butter sauce - it was served with vanilla ice cream and we were glad we 'made space' The dishes were executed perfectly both to look at and taste. I know I sound like I'm gushing, but with good cause. I'm competent in the kitchen so when I go out I love to eat something I couldn't or wouldn't make myself and this was truly a gastronomic sensation! Oh, I forgot to mention the expansive array of drinks - but we'll leave that for another time!

A review by Jeff & Tamsyn - June 16