Nicole's is even better than last year.
Paul had a lovely soup (sorry, can't remember - maybe squash) and I had a charcuterie plate with duck terrine, dried caplin, pickled halibut (my favourite) and assorted garnishes, three mustards, wild berry and apricot compotes, etc.
He had the grilled skirt steak bordelaise wine sauce (very good - just a tad too much salt) and cafe fries (the best he's had in NL) and I had the pulled salt beef with pappardelle and Parmesan - which, after I ordered thought might be a mistake - I don't care for salt - but it was deliciously unsalty and just plain delicious! I couldn't finish it and took it back to the B&B thinking I'd make a sandwich for the next day's lunch on the road but forgot.
We drank Hooley Dooley 2009 - an Australian we first met at Nicole's http://www.dowiedoole.com.au/trade/ - the 2008 won a Decanter award.
Sadly we didn't have room for dessert so we missed Margaret’s partridge berry jam tart served with Growlers' vanilla ice cream that I enjoyed last year or any of some other berry treats. If you can't tell, I'm addicted to partridge berries.
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