a Royal Wedding & a return to Wedgwood

AVM had been terribly disappointed not to make Wedgwood on my recent sortie there with Strawberry Blonde, and what with a new Spring menu, the girls being the girls, we decided to celebrate the Royal Wedding in our own particular style with a champagne breakfast chez SB, followed with a nice late lunch at my most new ‘favourite’ restaurant.

On arrival we were promptly seated and offered the lunch menu, unfortunately we had been expecting the a la carte and didn’t know this wasn’t available at lunch times. That said the lunch menu is very good value, £10 for 2 courses and £14 for 3 with options of a vegetarian, a meat and a fish dish as well as a ‘special’ (as a supplement) for both starter and main. It just wasn’t what we had been ‘salivating over the thought of’ for the past week or so. (Maybe asking to see the a la carte menu wasn’t the best idea either as it was stunning yet we weren’t able to order from it!)

Pork & Apple Rillette & Fishcakes

The lunch menu is changed daily and is posted up in the window of the restaurant the night before . Ours consisted of Fishcakes with spring onion oil, leaves and capers, a fennel & Tomato Gratin with basil oil & char-grilled courgette or Pork & apple rillette with foraged leaves and pedro ximenez (a sherry) dressing.

AVM opted for the Gratin, I went for the rillette and SB the fishcake. One a piece. Although sorely tempted with the highly recommended Malbec we decided that we’d revisit the cheeky Pinot we had, and so thoroughly enjoyed, the last time.

Venison Spaghetti Bolognese

The options for the Mains were Pan fried coley with a saffron mash, creamed leeks and basil oil, a wild garlic & pheasant back gnocchi with parmesan and rocket or a venison spaghetti bolognaise. AVM opted for the bolognaise while SB & I both settled on the gnocchi.

As before, the quality of the food was outstanding, both my courses but especially the gnocchi was literally ‘to die for’ – it packed a punch and had the ‘wow factor’, and I’ve never really been a huge fan of gnocchi before, but there was a very noticeable difference from our evening dining experience where everything was well thought out & nothing was too much trouble to our lunch-time, much more casual affair.

Gnocchi to die for

The dessert menu wasn’t really doing it for us so we (very nicely) asked if there was any chance we could have the cheese-board from the evening menu along with a glass of the lovely fortified Malbec that makes a very good case against choosing a port! Thankfully, they agreed and after a few minutes on the pass the cheese was soon brought up to room temperature.

cheeseboard

Verdict, the food was exceptional (again) and it is very good value for money, it’s just such a shame we weren’t made aware on booking that only the lunch menu was available as it did leave us feeling slightly disappointed. Had we known, we would probably have had lunch somewhere else and gone back one evening instead to get what we had really wanted. Now justifying a 3rd trip within such a short space of time is going to be very difficult. despite this disappointment, it’s still keeping it’s slot at no2 in my top restaurants (for the moment) and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the lunch menu to anyone as a great value introduction to the wonders of the Wedgwood kitchen.

(& for any foursquare users out there all hail the new ‘mayoress’ of Wedgwood)

Wedgwood, 267 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8BQ. 0131 558 8737

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