Watts & Co opened last year and I've been a few times but a rare opportunity presented itself for Mrs B and I to get out without the kids.Trying to fit as much as possible into our date night we booked early as we planned on a trip to the cinema afterwards.
We arrived and were seated in the bar area where we were presented with our menus and wine list. The menu which turned out to be the earlybird had a good choice of starters and mains, however nothing that really made me go WOW. Before I could start to feel disappointed the waiter arrived with the weekend dinner menu and this time I did go WOW!, there was less of a choice but I could quite easily have ordered any of the dishes.
The menu was impressive and littered with seasonal ingredients, venison tartar, roasted wood pigeon, salt baked celeriac, seared scallops and pork belly amongst the choice of starters. The mains were every bit as appetising loin of lamb,cod, brill, pheasant and a selection of steaks gave us both too much choice.
Eventually I settled on the seared scallops served on a white chocolate & parmesan risotto with truffle oil and Mrs B went for the chargrilled & salt baked celeriac with pickled raisins and smoked apple purée. For mains Mrs B had a craving for steak and decided on a fillet and for the season that's in it I chose the roast pheasant with pearl barley and game jus. Since we we were having meat and game as mains we decided on a reasonably priced Australian Shiraz.
Sitting waiting to be seated in the main restaurant having a glass of wine we saw one of the young waiters, obviously just back from his break, coming in with a takeaway pizza. Not a great impression if the waiting staff have to eat takeaway!
After being moved into the dining room by the pizza eating waiter we were seated at a spacious table, nothing worse than a small table. The tables were spaced well so you don't end up sitting on the next tables knee or overhearing their conversations.
Starters were served and they looked every bit as good as they had sounded on the menu, the presentation was spectacular and the portions were perfect.
The scallops were amazing, the flavour of the white chocolate combined with parmesan and the truffle oil provided the perfect accompaniment to the succulent scallops. Mrs B's smokey celeriac along with the sweetness of the apple purée was something i wouldnt have ordered myself but a really interesting flavour combination.
Main courses arrived and again the presentation was great, Mrs B's steak was cooked perfectly and acompanied with crispy skin on fries, pepper sauce and a side of seasonal veg from white oaks organic farm. The steak was melt in your mouth and the veg was a real highlight with honey roasted swede, carrots and parsnips. Mrs B's only complaint was that her peppered sauce was too watery although it didn't lack any flavour.
It had been a while since we had been out but we'll definitely be getting back to Watts & Co before very long, a fantastic meal it really was our pleasure to enjoy such fantastic food. As for the young waiter ordering in pizza he doesnt know what he's missing!
Watts & Co
164 Spencer Rd
Tel: 02871 346040