Last night was our menu tasting evening at Nailcote Hall. I’ve been so excited about visiting again and trying out the food, from the moment we booked Nailcote I’d heard good things about the food, so my expectations were set pretty high!
We arrived and were shown to the bar area for drinks. We enquired about the drinks prices, to get an idea of what our guests would be paying on our wedding day and the bar man instantly said he could provide us with a bar tariff to take away. Over all the prices are pretty standard for a 4 star hotel. A pint of Carlsburg will cost you £3.55 and a Magners will set you back £3.70.
Once our table was ready Terry the restaurant manager showed us to our table in the Oak Room restaurant, the conversation quickly turned to that of the breakfast the morning after our wedding as normally the Oak Room is where this is held. Terry explained that it had room for 50 guests and as there will be more like 60 guests staying over he suggested they could open up the marque for us to have a buffet style breakfast at no extra cost. Fantastic!
We had picked two menus to try out. 2 dishes of each course from each menu were brought out. Has had one option and I had the other, we then swapped half way through so we each got to try all the courses. My parents did the same.
The first course was between a warm smoked salmon & lime tartlet with lemon & saffron mayonnaise or a fan of charentais melon with raspberry sorbet & orange compote.
We had a clear winner.
The warm smoked salmon & lime tartlet with lemon & saffron mayonnaise was by far the best, whilst the melon was delicious, we all adored the tartlet. It was divine!
Next up was the soup course, it was between cream of broccoli & stilton soup or cream of leek and asparagus soup with wholemeal croutons. This one took me by surprise, I had expected to prefer the leek and asparagus but the broccoli and stilton was just amazing.
The main course was between pan-fried breast of chicken with chasseur sauce or rump of lamb nicoise, served with a light mint jus. Whilst both dishes were yummy, we could find fault with both. Compared to the rest of the menu we didn’t feel like these dishes were as good. We have enquired about going back for a second taste of another dish.
By this point I was feeling rather full, but I always have room for pudding! I honestly thought the dessert would be our hardest decision. It was between a chocolate fudge cake with orange ice cream or eton mess cheesecake with a mint syrup. On paper they both sound amazing, and I thought I might have favoured the lighter option with the cheesecake, but the moment the chocolate fudge cake hit my mouth I knew it was the winner!
I was pleasantly surprised to find Has and I agreed on everything – I thought there may have been a course we would differ on but we both felt the same way about each dish. Which is a really good thing because we actually both have quite different tastes in food, so if each dish appealed to both of us – hopefully it means our guests will like them too.
We still have the main course to decide on, but we’ll hopefully be going back to try another option soon. It’s so exciting to know what we’ll be eating on our wedding day. It was a lovely evening out with Has and my parents I really had fun. The staff at Nailcote were wonderful, very professional and very helpful. Terry displayed excellent knowledge about each dish we asked about. The food did live up to my expectations and more, it was a very successful evening.
Our menu… as it stands.
Warm Smoked Salmon & Lime Tartlet with Lemon & Saffron Mayonnaise
Cream of Broccoli & Stilton Soup
Chocolate Fudge Cake with Orange Ice Cream
Filter coffee, tea and mints wafers