Sunday, 4 September 2011

The Duke of Edinburgh Woodside Ascot - thursday 01st September

Venue:-            The Duke of Edinburgh

Telephone:-            01344 882736


Driving from Ascot towards Windsor pass the racecourse on your right hand side and then cross the two mini roundabouts and then a few hundred yards along the road turn left into Woodside Road, travel along for about 100 yards and the Duke is on the right. The ‘pub/restaurant’ is just that, as you enter through the main door you come to the bar area first – which is a bar! May sound logical but many places are more restaurant than bar! Turn to the right and you enter the restaurant. All around the walls are painted famous quotes and the bar had what looked like a crowd of locals in and the restaurant was also doing a brisk trade. The restaurant walls also had blackboards announcing various other dishes to complement those on the main menu and also the day we went they had a curry night.

The food … I started with potted crab with warm toast and small side salad – after breaking through the delicate butter crust the crab was absolutely delicious, the toast was plentiful and the whole dish superb. The other starter was avocado prawns which was also greeted with absolutely delicious. Mains consisted of Sea Bass – two fillets nicely cooked with lovely crispy skin and delicate white fish., salmon with hollandaise again no complaints, next a very large gammon served with pineapple and peaches – very nice and finally a broad bean and asparagus risotto which unfortunately came topped with parmesan shaving – no mention of these on the menu and my partner hates parmesan! The waitress offered to take it away and remove the shaving but we took them off and I ate them! – I love parmie!

Desserts were chocolate fudge cake with ice cream and an apple tart with ice cream – both well received.

Drinkies … they have a small selection or real ale – Arkells, the 3B’s was excellent, also had a bottle of Chilean Merlot to wash dinner down. Coffee followed – thought my espresso slightly strange – very frothy top, not very intense, more akin to strong black coffee with a head.

Overall the meal was very well received, all diners saying that we would revisit and the price was ok, although I haven’t quoted each dish by price they are fair around the area – the total for the four of us came to £130.00 including the tip we left.

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