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[Wells] The Old Spot

PhilD | Mar 15, 2008 01:04 AM

Last Sunday we had lunch at "The Old Spot" in Wells (Somerset) and it was really excellent. Highly accomplished cooking, interesting dishes, and a very comfortable room. Lunch for two was ₤55 including two glasses of wine and coffee. We had:

Wood pigeon salad with walnuts - very tender rare pigeon with good fresh leaves
Gravlax - really fresh and vibrant with great home made pickles
Smoked Haddock on a bed of carrots, leeks with great mashed potatoes
Belly pork, lentils, carrots, cabbage & bacon, and a really vibrant salsa verde
Chocolate Brownie with Chantilly cream - stuffed full of pecan/walnut praline which made it very filling (but no complaints)
Apple and almond pudding with creme fraiche - like a great gooey tarte tatin

Flavours in all dishes were very good, with each component standing very well on its own and showing really good technique. The chef Ian Bates who is ex-Bibendum and cooked there with Simon Hopkinson the well regarded Bristish chef and author.

All in all a restaurant we will return to over and over again. Wells is a nice county town with a good cathedral and would make a good stop on the way to Devon and Cornwall.

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