Today Paul and I enjoyed a thoroughly indulgent and long lunch with friends and neighbours - Amy and Sue. Amy has often raved about "No 5" restaurant (on one of the two main roads in the town - North Street) and very generously arranged this fabulous treat!
The chef had experienced a calamity insofar as the oven had packed in and therefore we were offered a set-menu. Well, the food produced was of such an excellent standard, it would be amazing to taste the menu when everything is available! A whole range of tastes catered for, from: Welsh Rarebit; Ox-Tongue, quails egg and Sesame 'toast'; Crab and tapioca cracker, and mango, ginger and lemongrass foam; homemade breads (poppy-seed and walnut and apricot), Guinea Fowl, Cavolo Nero, potato puree, Cep mushrooms, jus; selection of cheeses with oatcakes, chutney and jellies and "deconstructed Banoffi pie". We also had two bottles of wine - a Pinot Grigio (fresh and fairly dry) and a Sav. Cabernet (I think) which was mellow...and far too easy-drinking! The coffee was also incredibly good - rich, with some 'oomph' but also smooth and creamy. I have lived in Winchcombe for a few years but this was my first visit - but it certainly won't be the last, and I shall be recommending it to everyone!
Thanks VERY much to Gus (Chef) and Kate who looked after us so incredibly well!