A bit of searching on google and I managed to find the website. The menus looked varied and interesting they have a lunch menu, early bird specials and an a la carte menu too. I was intrigued.
As a group of four we had made sure to pre-book as we weren't sure how busy it would be and if we would be guaranteed a table. It was probably a good job that we did as the restaurant is very small and although there were only a couple other tables in there when we first entered the whole restaurant filled up through the course of the evening.
An unexpected cold June has not deterred them from still putting a on BBQ outside, to which you are handed a special BBQ menu should you so wish to order something from it.
We didn't have to wait for our table despite being a little early. We were seated at a relatively small table but then the restaurant is very small so you can't expect a large table unless you have larger company.
D and F are massive wine buffs and I know very little about wine. I must make more of an effort to take interest in what I'm being served so I can learn more! This night I was happy to leave my wine choice to F. He ordered a glass of white for both me and D, and a glass of rose for himself. The waitress thought he was finished at this point... oh no. We needed a different wine for our main meal to which he ordered a bottle of red. On top of this we all had a bottle of sparkling water each. Now F speaks several languages (as well as Scottish) so when ordering wine he uses the Italian/Spanish/French names (which are always on the menu) and pronounces it perfectly. This baffles most young English waitresses/waiters as they don't tend to speak the language so after his grand pronunciation he just ends up pointing at the menu. This happened here, the waitresses can't be blamed for not speaking other languages I'm sure I would be baffled too.
The menu states that you may have to wait a little while for your food but this is because it is all cooked fresh. We found this to be true but joked that we hoped that we wouldn't need to wait 4 to 6 hours for our slow roasted meals.
For starters I ordered the roasted butternut squash and roasted red pepper risotto which is served with a rocket salad.
A nice small portion, as risotto is very filling. The rice was cooked perfectly and there was a creamy texture to the dish. The butternut squash and red pepper added an additional texture which was really delectable.
T had braised ox tail with smoked bacon mashed potato served with rich rosemary and thyme jus.
T really enjoyed this and felt it was just the right size for an appetiser also. T let me try a bit having never tried ox tail before, and I'm pleased to report it was really good, the meat was soft and almost melting with a boisterous flavour. I will definitely be trying to cook with ox tail at home.
D ordered Bleikers smoked salmon terrine with a beetroot puree which comes with a soft herb salad and granary bread.
D also really enjoyed her starter although didn't eat her bread as the salmon terrine was quite filling, a little more beetroot puree could have been added as there was very little. But once again a very good dish.
F ordered the flaked cod with chorizo and pea salad.
He demolished this in about 2 minutes so I think it is fair to say he enjoyed it!
We had to wait a little while for the mains but we had wine and good conversation to keep us occupied.
Unfortunately we were told shortly after ordering that there was only two lamb shanks left, and that was what three of us had ordered. I was happily going to change but D said that she wanted the pork belly before any of us got the chance. A little disappointing for 7.30pm on a Saturday night.
So for mains both I and T had the slow roasted lamb shank with sweet potato puree, buttered spinach and lemon and thyme roasti.
Top marks for presentation it's quite hard to make a lamb shank look attractive. Oh my was this good! The meat fell off the bone as soon as my fork touched it. The sweet potato puree worked really well with the lamb and the mash although a little too strong in flavour was also quite nice, they perhaps needed to tone down the thyme.
D and F both had the Yorkshire belly pork served with pan fried black pudding, mashed potatoes creamy savoy cabbage and a cider jus.
All great apart from the crackling, you could hammer a nail with it! It looked and smelled amazing, I would seriously consider ordering this the next time we visit.
Only me and T wanted dessert. F did enquire as to whether there were any cheeses on the cheeseboard which weren't made from cows milk. The waitress was baffled, I guess she assumed all cheese came from cows, after a bit of prompting she went and asked. The answer was no all the cheese was made from cows milk.
T ordered summer berry pudding with clotted cream.
I ordered the homemade cheesecake.
Doesn't look like cheesecake does it? The last thing you would expect is to be served cheesecake in a martini glass. It was like the cheesecake had been slightly mashed, added to the glass and crumbled biscuit stirred in gently. It was absolute heaven. Even if I was slightly sloshed by this point. It was creamy and the mix of textures just danced on my tongue. WOW.
I can't even remember how much the bill came to, I don't think I even got a chance to look at it. All the prices are detailed on their website. F and D exclaimed how cheap it was compared to the quality of the food we were served, they are used to and happy to pay a lot for exceptional food.
Here are some pictures of the outside, on a warm night it would be lovely to sit out beside the canal and eat out here.
The Cut Waterside a great little find. Intimate, cute, relaxing with excellent food. We will definitely be returning.
7 Wharf Street