This was my third visit to Noble Rot. I’d already fallen in love with the place on my first visit (here); had another great meal on the second but, this, the third, exceeding my already high expectations.
As part of his ‘end of year review’, @StickyWalnut (aka Gary Usher) tweeted “Hispi became better than its owner. It basically smashed 2017 in the face & said look at us, we’ll show you how to bistro!”
As my local, I also love Hispi (if you’re ever in Manchester, you’ll fine none better) but this post is about Noble Rot… and they’ll show you how to wine bar!
Visiting with my wife, eldest stepdaughter and her girlfriend, we had a wonderful evening. The service was spot on; the atmosphere: cozy, convivial and cool; the food, sublime.
Every ingredient is selected for quality, which shines through in every mouthful. Prepared with understanding and skill, the cooking successfully manages to be robust, rustic yet refined at the same time.
Bread & Butter
Maldon Rock Oyster – Whitstable Native Oyster
Senorio Ibérico Bellota Paleta D.O.P
Raw Hereford Beef, Jerusalem Artichokes & Pickled Walnuts
Snails, Alsace Bacon & Puy Lentils
Lincolnshire Smoked Eel Risotto
Slipsole & Smoked Butter
Veal Brains with Brown Butter & Capers
Roast Quail, Braided Red Cabbage & Roast Potatoes
Welsh Black Face Mutton, Celeriac & Chestnuts
Poached Smoked Haddock, Leeks & Mustard Sauce
Braised Rye Bay Brill & Seaweed Vinaigrette
Warm Chocolate Mousse
Sticky Toffee Pudding & Cream Cheese Ice Cream
Disclosure: the ham and risotto were freebies!
Date of dinner: 30/12/17