I’ve been staying with my parents this week as my Mum had her next surgery but I’m back home now and trying to catch up on things before work tomorrow. I can’t seem to shake this horrible cough I’ve had for almost 2 weeks now so am currently sounding like a 40-a-day smoker…nice!
Today, I wanted to review the 5-course taster menu we had during our stay at The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock a few weeks ago. I am kicking myself as I didn’t get a copy of the menu so my descriptions will have to be from memory but luckily it was a rather memorable meal and the photos have helped too!
The dining room here is lovely – very light and airy with crisp linen tablecloths and we nabbed a window seat to do a bit of people watching while we ate!
We started with some lovely homemade herby bread while we perused the wine menu and then had our amuse-bouche of carrot soup. This was a lovely, sweet soup and very tasty but I was hoping for something a little more exciting.
Next, we had asparagus, wrapped in Parma ham then coated in crispy parmesan breadcrumbs. This was served with some sort of foam but I found it rather redundant as it didn’t really taste of anything. This was a lovely little starter and one I could see myself trying to replicate at home for a starter.
Next, we had beetroot carpaccio served with a lovely goats cheese cream and other salad bits. I loved this combination and it was tasty but absolutely tiny…I could have eaten three of these portions!
For our main course, we had rump of lamb which is one of my favourite meats. This was served with a truffle mash, greens and crispy curried sweetbreads. I loved every element of this dish but wish we could have had a touch more gravy as it was really good. The lamb was perfectly cooked and so tender and the sweetbreads added a great texture to the plate.
Finally, for pudding we had a decadent chocolate mousse which was so rich neither of us managed to finish it! Although I love chocolate, I’m not a huge fan of chocolate flavoured things, like mousse, so this wasn’t my favourite course.
We had a lovely bottle of Chilean merlot with our meal but I was a bit miffed when I noticed there was a wine flight available which had been matched to each course and was not offered to us. Apart from this, the service was friendly although the waiter who insisted on refilling our water glasses every five minutes was a tad over attentive!
Whilst there was nothing ground-breaking to try, and no fish course, this was a well-rounded tasting menu with my two favourite courses being the asparagus and the lamb. The five course menu is available for £55 per person.