The Dower House Restaurant, The Royal Crescent Hotel - Bath
When a two or three course meal just doesn't cut it, what must we do?! Well, go in search of a tasting menu of course! Our last tasting menu experience, earlier this year, was at the truly remarkable, and totally unforgettable Fäviken, near Järpen, Northern Sweden. If you are a real foodie, this two Michelin starred restaurant has got to go on your bucket list, unless it's up there already! You can thank me later if it's not! Luckily, our travel for food was not such a journey last Friday evening. After a short walk, we arrived onto the iconic Royal Crescent.
An eating extravaganza awaited us at the elegant AA 3 Rosette Dower House Restaurant, found a short walk through the leafy, floral garden at the luxurious Royal Crescent Hotel. Situated in the heart of the honey coloured Royal Crescent, this fine Relais & Châteaux hotel is one of Bath's most sought after eating and sleeping destinations. Scott and I have previously dined on delicious burgers in The Montagu Bar & Champagne Lounge there. In addition, we have enjoyed a hearty breakfast banquet (like no other!) at the Dower House Restaurant. However, we were yet to experience their 'fine dining' menu...
As soon as the clock struck 7:30pm, we eagerly took to our seats. Scott buried his brows into the wine list as he is certainly more of a wine connoisseur than I!
He opted for a classic, pale rosé; 'Mirabeau En Provence' (£40) for its delicious fruity, refreshing flavours.
The perfect tipple to share on a warm, summer's evening.
As we were there for the 'Taste of the Crescent Six Course Menu,' we had no need to um and ah over what starters and main courses to choose. So, we simply sat back, and waited for our tasting menu to commence; six courses for £72 pp, or, seven courses at an additional £7.50 pp. We opted for the latter.
To begin, freshly baked breads, and rich, golden butter for the table...
... to accompany an amuse-bouche; 'Vichyssoise Espuma, Shaved Truffle and Chive.' The pureed potatoes and leek were creamy and smooth and complimented the intense truffle notes, and, the hints of fresh chive. The temperature of the dish was perhaps a little too cold for my liking, but overall, it was a tasty introduction to the following six courses.
Onto our starters; 'Tea Cured Organic Salmon, Avocado Wasabi, Japanese Radish, Shiso and Oyster Yoghurt Soup.'
Followed by 'Slow Cooked Duck Egg, Chicken Essence, Iberico Ham and Chicken Crisp.' A work of art on a plate; the attention to detail was evident in each component of the dish which tasted sweet, salty, creamy, smooth and crispy, all at once!
The crispy chicken skin was particularly good!
Onto the main course... 'Spring Lamb, Hay Baked Jersey Royal, Peas, Monks Beard, Grelot Onions and Parmesan.'
The lamb was tender and tasted delicious alongside the buttery jersey royal potato, and freshly cooked veg.
As we had opted for the additional course, we were presented with 'White Lane Goats Curd, Parsnip, Apple, Charcoal Emulsion, Nasturtium and Toasted Spelt.'
Arriving almost at the end of our meal, we enjoyed a light and refreshing palette cleanser before pudding; 'Rosemary Cream, Apple, Cider, Granite and Honeycomb.' We both agreed that we would attempt to make the rosemary granita at home. A perfect summer recipe, so, watch this space!
~ Three hours and six courses later, we tucked into our final course; 'Baked Yoghurt, Strawberries, Black Pepper and Basic Ice Cream.'
What a party on a plate, and, a celebration of summer! It was vibrant and pretty and the perfect dish to end our evening at The Dower House Restaurant. If you are yet to experience what The Royal Crescent has to offer, then why not treat yourself one evening this summer? It'll certainly be a sure way to impress any dinner date! Here are the all important details you will need.