Now and again though, it's nice to go out. Though I often bemoan the wines by the glass in local hostelries. Perhaps I'm getting old.
So we found ourselves in Boulters Riverside Brasserie just before we jetted off to Ecuador and were delighted to find that the restaurant has introduced a new concept called the "daily menu". It's a completely set menu, so the only choice is 2 courses (£15.95) or 3 courses (£19.95). The temptation for a 3 course meal on a Tuesday night was too much, and all the dishes sounded delicious so we jumped straight in for the 3 course deal.
Mr Purple Teeth is a huge fan of mackerel and we both really enjoyed the medley of different beetroots served alongside the super-fresh fish. The horseradish added a real zing and we became even more excited about the rest of the menu.
The Confit Duck Leg, Salardaise potato and spinach with Confit Garlic was, perhaps a tiny bit over-seasoned, but eating a full head of garlic was a delicious treat (it's okay to eat garlic on date night if you're both having it.) The duck was crispy and moist. Again, a hit with both of us.
I've had lesser soufflés in Michelin starred restaurants. We were glad we'd given into the third course. Light, fluffly orange melted as the sauce was poured in creating a hole just the perfect size for the ball of ice cream. Of course the Pinot Noir didn't pair well with this dish, so luckily we'd polished it off. A glass of something sweet alongside may have made the whole experience even better, but then, even if it was "date night", it was a Tuesday. We saved the dessert wine for another day.
Overall verdict, good value for money, decent wine, local establishment, nice surroundings = we'll be back.