Green’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar really is a classic British institution. It has all the atmosphere of a private club with its dark wood panelling and quintessentially British menu which includes classic British puddings such as sticky toffee pudding. What’s not to like?
I discovered Green’s when doing some research for a possible venue for my 50th birthday party and having read some reviews we decided to give it a try. My partner and I had a wonderful meal in the main restaurant and the service was very good. Green’s are excellent on fish and game and we tried both and were not disappointed. The puddings were fabulous! We took a quick peek through the door of the private dining room downstairs and really liked what we saw. Decision made! I booked the private room for my party of 25.
It required a bit of organisation on my part to co-ordinate pre-ordering so that my party could have the maximum menu choice but this was worth it and the support from Rocio at Green’s could not have been better.
Time flies and suddenly my 50th birthday and the day of the party arrived. I felt a little nervous, hoping that all would go smoothly. I needn’t have worried. From the moment we arrived in the private dining room to the end of the evening, everything was perfect.
Green’s provided a printed name card for each guest and an individual printed menu which was a wonderful souvenir of my special night and a really nice touch.
After some pre-dinner drinks and catching up we sat down to dinner. For wine we chose a Viognier for the white and this was full of juicy apricot, peach and floral notes with a dry finish. This proved to be good match for the fish and the goats cheese tart. The red was a Crozes Hermitage (100% Syrah grapes) which had notes of black fruit, vanilla, liquorice with soft tannins and a long finish. This worked very well with the fillet steak and the cheese.
The starters were a resounding success. One friend said that the soup was the best soup she had ever tasted and could she have the recipe! Other friends really enjoyed the smoked salmon with soda bread. Much of the smoked salmon we find in shops these days, lacks depth of flavour but this was a world apart from that. It came from Aberdeen based John Ross, one of the highest quality suppliers of smoked salmon in the UK. I had the ham hock which was very tasty and the small crispy Scotch egg was a great touch.
On the mains a lot of people had opted for the fillet steak. I had given detailed instructions on how everyone wanted their steak and this was followed perfectly. The Béarnaise sauce was a great classic accompaniment, as was the green beans. Green’s also provide a selection of other vegetables for everyone to enjoy. I really liked my pan fried fillet of turbot with the sautéed jersey royal potatoes and the samphire added bite and texture. Several people opted for the goat’s cheese flan and this was delicious.
So finally to dessert. The resounding favourite was the sticky toffee pudding but the pineapple carpaccio with coconut ice-cream was a delicious more unusual alternative and the selection of British cheeses (my choice) made a great end to a memorable meal. Coffee and petit fours with some liqueurs were the perfect finish.
I would recommend Green’s without hesitation. In Green’s you will find great food and wine and traditional old fashioned service. Thank you Green’s we will be back for dinner soon!