North Road

I recently went to North Road for dinner to catch up with some old work colleagues who n  longer live in the UK . I specifically chose North Road for this dinner as I had been wanting to go for a while but, unfortunately, they are not open for Saturday lunch.  North Road has a Scandinavian touch to the menu and the restaurant prides itself on using produce that has been sourced exclusively from within the British Isles while in season.  We were unable to decide what we wanted to eat from the a la carte menu  (as it all looked good) so we decided to treat ourselves to the 7 course tasting menu. We also decided to have the wine pairing to go with the tasting menu.

As appetisers we were given Jersey royal potatoes, quail eggs and pork crackling which was beautifully presented and was equally delicious.

I was also given some gluten-free bread though they were more like mini muffins and, while they were nice, I did find them a bit hard and dense.

We were then treated to raw Dorset crab and cockle juice with apple vinegar and coastal herbs which tasted so fresh.

The next course was Scottish lumpfish roe with frozen cream, onions and chicken skin.

Then we had smoked native Dorset lobster with wild and cultivated vegetables.

The next course was Wye Valley & Kent asparagus with wild garlic & salted pheasant egg.

Then we had Herdwick lamb and sweetbread morels, sea lettuce and coastal herbs.

This was followed by yoghurt, herbs and Douglas fir pine.

Finally we had cotton candy which I was delighted with. As a child I absolutely loved cotton candy and this really brought me back to my childhood.

To finish off with, we had some Mount Sion Estate coffee and petit fours. The wine pairing really complimented the food and we all enjoyed the meal very much. The staff were attentive and explained the food and wines excellently. I have the feeling that North Road may not be as well known as the other Michelin restaurants due to being fairly new on the scene (it opened late 2010) and received its first Michelin star in 2012 but I’m sure once people try this restaurant, they will, like me be definitely returning.