I had two birthdays this year, it was delusions of grandeur what done it. The first involved shovelling the greatest burger I’ve ever had into my face surrounded by some of my favourite people. I still dream about that burger on a bi-weekly basis.
Accompanied by my all-time bestest human, the second birthday was a much more refined affair. The Elephant has become our ‘go to’ for all special occasions. As well as serving ruddy good food, the faultless service and relaxed atmosphere makes everything feel like a celebration. It’s unfailingly consistent too: to head out for lunch knowing that you’re about to fill your face with good stuff is like a warm reassuring hug, takes all of the worry out of proceedings.
Birthday lunch kicked off with a locally produced G&T recommended by the restaurant manager. Gin is never a bad call, especially not when served up with some insightful gin related chit chat and when the recommendation is tip top.
We opted for The Elephant’s set lunch menu: a small but perfectly formed selection of starters, mains and puds from the main menu. It is really brilliant value for any lunch.
Gin course complete, I tucked into a starter of golden beetroot and goats cheese. I don’t like to brag but goats cheese starters might be my Mastermind specialist subject. Being something of a pro I feel quietly confident telling you that it was a cracker. Just beautifully balanced and creamy and wonderful, I think there might have been parsnip crisps too; divine. Husband went for a crab starter and made some pretty inappropriate happy noises for a public setting.
To follow we both opted for a perfectly cooked cod fillet. I ummed and aaahed about the cod – it was served in a musselly sauce and I don’t think I’ll ever adult hard enough to be a mussel convert – but it was delicious. The sauce was rich and was the perfect bowl buddy for the fish.
I won the battle of the puddings with my chilled chocolate and salted caramel fondant. A sort of chocolate moussy case filled with a scrumptious salted caramel goo and topped with, I want to say coconut snow? Perfect birthday fanciness.
After their recent refurb, The Elephant is just as reliably brilliant as ever – and still has the most photogenic loo wallpaper I think I’ve ever seen. See!
The service is always effortlessly great, in fact it’s the closest thing we’ve experienced to the service at Le Manoir (what, what) where the staff were like magical gliding mind-reading wizards.
3 & 4 Beacon Terrace
Lunch: £14.95 for two courses or £16.95 for three. Do it.