Sunday, October 21, 2007

Restaurant Review - The Walnut Club

As it was our 5th wedding anniversary a few days ago Victoria and I decided that as usual we would go out for a meal to celebrate. We had always wanted to try The Walnut Club in Hathersage but as it was a bit far out we never bothered. As Victoria is pregnant though and therefore functioning in taxi mode this is currently not a problem. :-)

The restaurant looks very nice and there is a nice atmosphere. It's very chilled out. We were 30 minutes earlier than we had booked for but were shown straight to our table.

We were offered a selection of nice bread and left to choose what we wanted to eat.

The menu has quite a wide selection and it was not easy to choose. In the end Victoria had pressed terrine of organic milk fed rabbit and poached quail with caramelised pears wrapped in air dried ham and served with a sauternes & vanilla jelly for a starter and pan roasted fillet of wild seabass with ravioli of pumpkin and almonds, tossed in a port & beef stock glaze for a main course. She also had apple tarte tatin with calvados and vanilla scented organic cream for a dessert. I decided upon craister kipper and smoked haddock pastry with a leek vinaigrette and a soft poached organic duck egg for a starter and Roasted rib of Derbyshire farm assured beef with a turnip & potato gratin, buttered curly kale and claret enriched roasting gravy for a main.I skipped a dessert as I was stuffed! Everything was excellent. The taste, presentation and the amount of food was just perfect. I especially liked my starter which was really special.

The Walnut Club has live jazz most nights and I was worried that this would be too loud and spoil the evening, especially as we were sat rather near to the stage. I need not have worried though as the music was kept to a reasonable level. We had the pleasure of listening to The Dizzy Club last night and I am sure the other bands they employ are just as good.

The bill came to just over £95 which included the food, a bottle of red wine and the obligatory G & T before the meal which I though was very reasonable. All I needed to add was the tip which I did happily.

We really enjoyed The Walnut Club. The restaurant looked good, the atmosphere was good, the food was excellent, the staff were extremely attentive and polite and it has the bonus of excellent live Jazz. The only downside is that due to the music if you went with a larger group you would probably find it difficult to talk to anyone not sat next to you. This is a VERY small downside as personally I think the music adds much more than it takes away.

Both Victoria and I agree that it is well worth a trip out to Hathersage to try this very good restaurant.

2 comments:

Victoria said...

They only have jazz on Friday & Saturday nights - you siad most nights! It's all organic food & they also do a lot of gluten free food.

Anonymous said...

Live jazz on stage every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:45pm and pinaist to accompnay Sunday lunches from noon....

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