Category Archives: Sunday Lunch

Harts – Nottingham

Perfect slice of cow

Perfect slice of cow

A bright Sunday morning in Nottingham and after half an hour trying to find a parking space near Nottingham Castle we strolled back 1/2 a mile to make it to new restaurant and hotel Harts. Harts has had incredible write ups in the London press including a glowing report from hard to please Times critic A A Gill. Harts is owned by Tim Hart who also owns Hambleton Hall in Rutland. His famous sons Sam and Eddie also run Quo Vadis in London as well as the super tapas emporium, Fino.

We came for Sunday dinner and were quickly lead to a nice table replete with crisp white linen which overlooked the rest of the room. Service is charming and discreet leaving you to enjoy the food and conversation. Rich had a tomato soup to start which was perfectly executed and came with good bread. I had smoked salmon which came with a quenelle of horseradish cream and beetroot puree, it was delicious. We selected a rascally Malbec to accompany our roast sirloin of beed with horseradish hollandaise. It was astounding. The meat was perfectly cooked nestling in a crispy yorkshire pudding. For dessert we had a thoughtfully selected cheeseboard and finished the rest of the wine. A faultless Sunday lunch and we will definitely be back to sample the a la carte menu in the evening.

Score: 9/10

Hart’s Nottingham, Standard Hill, Park Row, Nottingham, NG1 6GN.
info@hartsnottingham.co.uk 0115 988 1900

Sunday Dinner at The Compass – Islington

Roast Beef at the Compass

Roast Beef at the Compass

Its Sunday Dinner time again, this time I followed the guidance of the Timeout guide and chose the nearby Compass on Chapel Market in Islington. Things started well, we unexpectedly got a table for four right away and ordered a great bottle of Malbec from our extremely knowledgeable waitress. Two orders went through for roast pork and one for roast beef and one for the nut roast (Yes I know).

Things then started to go a bit downhill.

The pork was Gloucester Old Spot natch and was moist and delicious. A tiny diamond of crackling was extremely disappointing and even more so that it was particularly crisp. Roast beef looked better but was rather tough and gristly. Side vegetables and gravy were great. Most disappointing were the roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings which were clearly pre prepared and were cold and soggy.

Gloucester Old Spot

Gloucester Old Spot

Its a shame as the atmosphere is great and it was really busy when we were there. I’ll¬†definitely¬†go back but just not their Sunday lunch.

Score 5/10

58 Penton Street
Islington
London N1 9PZ
Telephone:
020 7837 3891

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Sunday Lunch at The Charles Lamb, Islington

Losts of nice pubs for Sunday Dinner around us in Clerkenwell. The Well and The Peasant on St John Street are rather good. The Eagle in Farringdon is rather chaotic but serves superbly memorable food (I still cant forget the steak sandwich). In Islington there are lots of traditional boozers which have been gentrified sensitively so that the original feel of the pub is not lost and long time locals and mode seeking trendies mix easily.

The Charles Lamb

The Charles Lamb

Feels that way at the The Charles Lamb on Elia Street, just of Colebrook Row. The pub is bright and airy and the staff young and eager. I was offered a taste of all the beers before ordering a well balanced bitter called ‘Concorde’. Dogs were treated extremely well, with a bowl of water being brought to them without any prompt and a lot of fussing from the staff.

We went for the Roast Beef which I had seen being brought on to two other tables and that sealed its fate. Unfortunately the card machine was broken so I had to trot on to Angel tube station to get some cash after I put the order in. They handled it very well though allowing people to run up tabs and then dash for cash to clear their bill.

Above the table was a fascinating print of a huge heavily detailed map that someone had created called ‘The Island’ which depicts London as if it were an island complete with smaller islands (Dartford, Gravesend etc), ports and harbours. It was fascinating.

Roast Beef and all the trimmings at The Charles Lamb

Roast Beef and all the trimmings at The Charles Lamb

Food came not long after I got back. Beef looked glorious, possibly a little under for me but much prefer under than over. Crispy roast potatoes and a huge pot of horseradish. Only the side vegetables disappointed. Mashed carrots were a bit baby food for me and the cabbage with bacon was more like bacon with cabbage with the heavily smoky bacon overpowering the albeit well cooked cabbage. Overall very satisfying, with a newspaper and nice company I was sad to be dragged away to get the train back to Leicester.

Score 7/10

The Charles Lamb

16 Elia Street
London N1 8DE
020 7837 5040