I thought a fitting place to take a visiting friend and her mother just might be the lunch at Fera. They do a very respectable, three-course with champagne meal for £35. There were only two choices for each course other than the main, but all sounded very scrummy and with Simon Rogan at the helm, I was sure we'd enjoy everything.
The amuse bouche ws the best one I've had in years.. a crispy wafer with something delicious and creamy on it. It was served with large pieces of a dark rye bread. I knew we'd be in for a treat of a meal.
We all had the Spring veloute with smoked pork jowl, ramsons and herbs for a starter.It was heavenly.. Asian flavours and a beautiful light green colour. The other choice was not the usual flamed mackeral but salmon instead.
My main was Reg’s corn fed chicken, BBQ leek, onions and celeriac cream. I'm not sure I ever ate such moist and tender chicken, and the celeriac cream is something I must try to reproduce at home. My friend ordered the Cornish cod, gem lettuce hearts and leaves, parsley, jersey pearls. It was perfectly cooked cod that actually tasted sweet when I tried a tiny morsel. There was also a veg option of hispi cabbage with mushrooms.
On to desserts.. small portions but it was, after all, lunch. I devoured some smoked chocolate cream, peanut ice cream and verjus caramel. The others had Bramley apple cake, cinnamon ice cream and pecan (crumb). We left the beautiful dining room with big smiles on our faces. I forgot to mention that the service is exceptional.. professional but not stuffy and very friendly.
I enjoyed this meal so much that I'm going to take my husband back with me for dinner... soon!