I recently dined at this cute little eatery on Didsbury Road, Stockport. The decor, drinks selection and menu were all lovely. Here’s what I thought of the food, drinks and service 😋
My friend Lucy and I arrived a few minutes early for our table. We were booked in at 6:30 pm, the owner greeted us as let us pick which table we wanted as it wasn’t yet busy.
We chose a table and ordered a drink. I wanted a non-alcoholic beer, but they didn’t stock any, so I had a look at the drinks menu. After choosing a second drink that wasn’t available, I opted for this apple and rhubarb drink after a faff from the barman who went to the back to get some soft drinks to show me. Which was kinda weird. But, the drink was lovely, thankfully! And Lucy was happy with her Malbec, too.
Nibbles and starters
We were really hungry, so very happy to see the menu had nibbles! Yay, we could nibble and natter whilst the starters arrived (we thought) as we had LOTS of catching up to do.
After a couple of minutes of deliberation, we ordered hummus and flatbread to nibble on, the pork belly cassoulet and the veggie taco to start, then the steak and the lamb for mains. Yummy.
It was a long wait. 45 minutes later, the nibbles and starters arrived at the same time which was a bit of a disappointment. As it pretty much made the nibbles redundant. But, as not to waste food, we ate what we could…
I hate to report but none of the starters were very tasty at all. Maybe the long wait and then them arriving all together didn’t help things, but the dishes lacked flavour. The pork cassoulet was bland, the meat tough and it was very watery but didn’t come with a spoon. The taco was firstly a hard shell which was disappointing and just filled with fried onions, peppers and melted cheese. No spices or any Mexican flavours, it wasn’t very impressive at all. So we were hopeful that the mains would make up for it!
OK, so I’m happy to report… the mains were lovely! I don’t know what went wrong with the starters, maybe we just ordered the wrong things? But the mains were altogether much, much nicer.
Lucy had the steak, rare. I thought it could have been served a little warmer (?) but I never order steak rare, I have medium-rare, so I don’t really have a benchmark. The fries were yummy, the steak was seasoned well, and we also ordered the dauphinoise potatoes on the side to give those a try too. Very nice indeed.
I ordered the lamb cutlets. I don’t eat much meat at home, but when I’m out I like to order something I’d never really cook at home. The lamb was a little on the fatty side, and the fat itself wasn’t crispy, so not edible. But the meat was pink and juicy and seasoned well. The red wine jus was delicious, had a perfect shine to it and the crushed garlic potatoes were lovely. It was served with yellow and orange carrots which were cooked well and tasted lush, too.
We didn’t have time to stay for desserts, as we were off to watch some comedy, but I thought the daily crème brulee sounded interesting and would have been nice to try!
Overall, it was a pleasant experience, but I think these guys do have a way to go before they become a true foodie hotspot. With so much great competition in Stockport and of course Manchester, they’ll need to make sure nibbles, starters, mains and service are all en pointe if they want to attract and maintain a constant stream of foodie clientele!