Visit: 5 December 2021
Tom Shepherd’s new restaurant Upstairs continues to attract great reviews. We first visited in October when it opened, and you can find my review here. Sunday lunch was just as good as we expected.
Starters included chicken liver parfait, pollock served with a Vin Jaune sauce, or coddled hens’ egg.
Mains included a superb beef sirloin, served with a Yorkshire pudding with braised pulled beef inside, or Creedy Carver chicken served with a very good stuffing, whole roasted plaice served with shrimp, capers and a beurre noisette, or a vegetarian mushroom wellington. All the mains were served with very good crispy roast potatoes and a creamed cabbage.
Desserts were bread and butter pudding, sticky toffee pudding or chocolate with pecan and Pedro Ximenez.
The food was excellent. The wine service and food service are not quite in sync yet, probably because we drink more quickly than most other tables! Value for money is excellent. The cost of the lunch was only £35 per head, which is remarkable for this quality and level of service.