The Three Gables in Bradford-on-Avon is one of my favourite restaurants, ever. They offer a top-notch intimate dining experience for special occasions and otherwise. We use the otherwise excuse a lot as we live in town and this was no exception. At the table, we came up with our excuse: celebrating my 5th year in the UK! That’s reason enough, right?
You’re greeted at the door and promptly seated in the lounge, offered a beverage and some nibbles while you go over the menu.
The olives were fresh and tasty. On the right, we had some sort of chicken liver paté and on the left were the most amazing mini baked potatoes, filled with herby smooth cream cheese. I could eat a whole plate of them!
Chris chose a Rosé Prosecco for us and we agreed on the fixed three course menu, only barely talking ourselves out of ordering fillet steak a la carte. I have an expensive appetite!
For his starter, Chris chose the Cornish cod brandade dish which included charred cauliflower, quail egg bhajee and curry oil. I don’t eat seafood so I didn’t sample it, but Chris said it was delicious, especially the quail’s eggs.
I don’t really like goat’s cheese, but I went with the goat cheese pithivier, served with sweet potato and hazelnuts. It was enough to change my mind about goat cheese altogether! Wow! The flavours here were so, so much better than anticipated! I don’t even want to think about the calories, though…
Chris’s main course was poached duck egg accompanied by a fricassee of spring vegetables and spelt orzo with a chervil veloute. I don’t know what half of these words mean, but just look at that beautiful egg!
He really liked the orzo and said it tasted like little bits of meat. This egg was also cooked to perfection.
I had a loin of Bishops Cannings pork, pain d’epices sauce, poached rhubarb and parsnip. This is a ‘safe’ choice for me but it was tasty and incredible all the same. The pork was cooked two different (equally delicious) ways and the rhubarb provided a delightful burst of flavour every now and then. The gingerbread on top was surprising but it seemed to really work.
They also served some potatoes and green beans to with the mains. Conveniently, those are my two favourite vegetables, so I had a hard time trying not to overdo it! We still had dessert to come!
Chris had chocolate mousse, which I would normally have chosen. It was a dark chocolate mousse with beetroot and pistachio cake and beetroot ice-cream. He let me try a tiny bit and boy can I vouch for this dessert! Sure beats our usual Saturday night tradition of Ben & Jerry’s in front of the tv!
I went for the Caramel pannacotta which was rich and yet light at the same time. It was served with honey-comb and mandarin sorbet and pieces of mandarin orange. I wasn’t a huge fan of the orange / caramel combination, but everything else on the plate was gone in no time!
All in all, it was a great meal. We’ve never not had a great meal at The Three Gables! We occasionally go for fancy dinners at posh Michelin-starred hotels, and the food at The Three Gables is on par with those sorts of places, but considerably cheaper. I can’t recommend it enough!
And I’ve now successfully made myself hungry again…