The Thomas Cubitt (August 2012)

A friend booked for us to go here for a group (there were seven of us) dinner and it ticked pretty much every box. From the moment we stepped in, we were greeted by friendly and effusive staff. For them, nothing seemed too much trouble and they were highly attentive and prompt with both drink and food despite it being a busy Friday night. The menu was simple yet highly effective and Cubitt's executed efficiently on classic dishes. Steak tartare for my starter was just the right size, beautifully presented on a plate scattered with gherkins and fresh herbs, even if the accompanying toast was perhaps a little too dry and crumbly. The main of chicken wrapped in pancetta was perfectly juicy and tender and again scored well in terms of presentation. Our group all ate varied dishes and I believe there was no disappointment around the table. The wine list was traditional, but both the Loire Suavignon and Rhone red were textbook and showed good provenance. Only complaint would be arrangement of the table (even if we were a group of seven that needed accommodating); it felt a little cramped and getting out to use the toilet therefore somewhat troublesome. Would definitely return if in the area.