However, with a move forthcoming and a big, Michelin starred dinner coming up at the end of next month. not to mention the fact that we have had a year of supporting two households rather than one, we decided to go cheap and cheerful in terms of a meal out. And when D pointed me in the direction of the Sam's Chop House menu I was genuinely excited by the decision. This was the kind of unashamedly British food that I absolutely adore but it seemed a little clever, a little quirky. Poached chicken breast with chicken liver scampi? How amazing does that sound?
So, why an air of disappointment pervading this blog post like an autumn fog? Perhaps because Sam's, the day before our wedding anniversary, decided to change their USP. They phoned and left an upbeat voicemail message explaining that the restaurant had decided to "go in a different direction" and offering us the chance to cancel our booking. But we, either lazy or optimistic in the face of PR speak, decided to stick with it. Only to find a menu that yes, was still unashamedly British but also unashamedly a little bit dull. I wasn't expecting fireworks for a cotton anniversary, but a bit of a sparkler might have been nice. Sam's is not a restaurant to go to for flashing lights of any description.
Starters: ham hock scotch egg was competently done - I thought the spicing of the meat was good and the egg yolk retained a moist gleam, even if it wasn't fully runny.
|Cheese on toast!|
|Corned beef hash!|
Still, happy anniversary D. I love you very much and am very proud and happy that we got here.
Sam's Chop House
8 South Parade