A few weeks back Joe surprised me with a date night out to The Moat House Acton Trussell in their Orangery Restaurant for an evening of fine dining and lots of wine…the way to my heart indeed! You might remember The Moat House from when we went for Afternoon Tea Girls V Boys stylee back in the summer with their gentlemen’s afternoon tea, and we had such a lovely afternoon we knew we had to come back. After getting hooked on yummy Tasting Menu’s at Adam’s we noticed The Moat House did their own with 5 courses for £60 a head. The Moat House also offer a wine flight for an extra £30 per person which of course we had to sample!
The Most House Orangery Restaurant is as relaxed in the evening as it is in the day and we felt welcomed from the moment we walked in. With attentive staff and a friendly atmosphere there’s no pretension here and we knew we were in for a lovely night.
Course 1 – Ballontine of Rabbit, Carrot Gel, Coco Beans, Salsa Verde.
The first course was fresh and delicately meaty with a flavoursome salsa verde and refreshing beans. I was expecting a little more taste from the rabbit but over all it was very nice for a first course. The Moat House paired our first dish with a Prosecco Rose Spumante (Borgo Col Alto, Prosecco, Italy) which for me was a strange choice although they were lovely separately and I’m never one to turn down a glass of fizz!
Course 2 – Textures of Heritage Tomato, Whipped Goats’ Cheese, Balsamic Flakes, Avocado Sorbet, Tomato Essence.
Course number two was a bit of a strange one. Beautiful whipped goats’ cheese and a lovely avocado sorbet but made a little watery with the tomato essence poured over at the table. Unless you ate quick the goats cheese split in the tomato water and went a little congealed! It still tasted great however and went very well with the Mar de Frades (Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain 2013) white from the wine flight.
Course 3 – Scallops, Cumin, Pea Mousse, Boudin Noir, Puffed Pork Rind.
Course number three was one of my favourites from the menu. Beautifully cooked scallops, a delicate pea mousse and black pudding is a real winning combination for me and with the addition of puffed pork rind I was very happy. Again the wine pairing went well – A Domaine Astruc (Viognier, Southern France 2014) – but at this point we couldn’t help but notice we were getting full glasses with every course! Excellent value for £30 a head but a sure fire way to make those heads rather sore in the morning!
Course 4 – Beef Fillet, Baby Artichoke, Watercress & Nasturtium Purée, Smoked Potato, Ox Cheek, Girolles, Summer Truffle.
Another cracking course with lots of flavour. Not being a massive fan of truffle I was a little worried but the balance was just right and this was a real triumph. Paired with a Gran Crucero (Assemblage, Chile 2010) it was the perfect way to round off the savoury courses.
Course 5 – Chocolate Cremeux, Peppermint Meringues, Aerated Chocolate, Peppermint Anglaise, Chocolate Tuiles, Chocolate Sorbet.
Sadly there was only one sweet course for us at The Moat House but my oh my was it good. Dark but aerated mousse with an amazing peppermint anglaise and smooth chocolate sorbet. It was just the right amount of sweet chocolate and refreshing mint. It came with Cockburn’s Port which made Joe very happy and went well.
There’s a £9 Supplement for Cheese and Biscuits which we paid and shared between us because although we were both nicely full we couldn’t resist the lure of a cheese trolley! There was a great selection and it was a lovely way to round off the meal…with another glass of port for Joe and a deep Rioja for me.
We really enjoyed our evening at The Moat House and while some of the courses could have done with a bit more flavour we loved the delicacy of the dishes and the rather large wine flight that accompanied them! Our bill was a hefty one (over £190) as we stayed for a couple of Irish Coffees with our petite fours afterwards so it’s not a meal you’d go for every week, but as a special occasion it’s a great evening out and is sure to impress your other half.
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Why not take a look at my review of Afternoon Tea at The Moat House Acton Trussell – would you order the girls or the boys?