Clayton's Kitchen at The Porter - Bath

A dinner date at Clayton's Kitchen at The Porter is always a good idea!

It didn't take much persuasion when Scott suggested we headed out for supper instead of slogging over a Sunday roast in a hot and steamy kitchen last weekend! So, with that, we were soon seated in the cosy, ground floor restaurant of Clayton's Kitchen at The Porter. 

Heading straight for 'resident double Michelin-starred chef' Rob Clayton's seasonal menu and carefully chosen wine list...

After our recent visit to the eastern region of Le Marche in Italy and now much improved knowledge of Italian wines, (we went on a wine tour which I will be posting soon) Scott headed straight for the Italian options on the drinks menu. Choosing a robust, berry red 'Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, Al Santi 13' (£5.50) which is made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy.

Water and wine on the table and our chosen starters on their way, we soon lost track of time as we reminisced about our recent Italian adventure! However, it wasn't long before we were tucking into our first course.  

'Seasonal Soup of the Day with Flavoured Oils and Croutons' (£6) which, you guessed it, was a spicy tomato and basil soup. 

A heart warming soup on a chilly Sunday evening in July must mean one thing; a typical British summer!

Scott opted for the 'Organic Godminster Cheddar Bonbons with Cider and Apple Chutney' (£7). The golden crispy cheesy bonbons were melt in the mouth delicious, and complimented the sweet, ripe pears and pea shoots pearfectly! I could quite easily have ordered those as my starter, main and pud! Alas, they were gone in an instant.

But, we were soon presented with our mains; 'Grilled Goat's Cheese and Green Bean Salad with Sun Blushed Tomatoes and Toasted Almonds' (£10). 

My summery salad was coated in lemon oil and topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Sadly, the goats cheese wasn't hot from the oven and oozing molten cheese over the crunchy green beans, so I felt this let the dish down slightly.

Scott's 'Corn Fed Chicken Breast with Pea and White Truffle Risotto' (£16) was exceptionally good and I can vouch for that! 

Tender moist chicken breasts sitting on a bed of rich creamy truffle risotto; what could be better!

For those of you who have not experienced Clayton's Kitchen, then expect a relaxed, casual atmosphere with beautifully executed food. A great place to take (impress) visitors to Bath, or the perfect spot for working lunches or dinner dates. You can find this fun, trendy haunt on George Street. All the details you need can be found here.