I was late…

Not in the sense of dead, of course, otherwise this blog would be an effective means of communicating with the afterlife (or the undead, thinking about it, given the late craze about vampires), but in the sense that I was about five minutes late. I know to most people that doesn’t sound like much, but to me, that is incredibly rude; it forces people to wait, often alone, but at least I messaged ahead. On to St John’s Chop House and the food…

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I started with the beetroot soup. It was very thick, like a purée, but quite delicious, with a bit of spicy bite to it. I ate only half, it being so filling and knowing that I’d already ordered a second course. My patient dining companion had the scallops from the specials menu, and he said they were excellent. The two photographs above show each of those dishes.

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We then moved on to our main course, which we both agreed was pretty damn good. I had the goat cheese (see photograph above), walnut and rocket salad, and although the online menu suggests there was watercress in it, I can’t admit to have noticed any during the eating. It was good; well-balanced dressing, beautifully tangy cheese. It was, however, far too big for me after that filling soup.

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My dining companion went with the ‘specials’ menu, and chose plaice, which came with sautéed potatoes with the skins still on. I’m told it was very nice. (See photo above.) Given our selections of food, we drank the Millbrook Chenin Blanc, which is from South Africa (the best place for it). It worked rather well, certainly with my main course, the soft, smoothness of the wine offsetting the tanginess of the salad. I’m sure it worked perfectly with the scallops, too (but I wasn’t so impertinent to ask).

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