Monday, 15 January 2018

Stoke Place - The King & Lamb - Restaurant Review

With the New Year, we all want to make dietary changes and embrace clean eating. But what do you do when your friends mention having a catch up over dinner? Instead of just ordering a salad, why not try out the new Vegan menu at The King & Lamb at Stoke Place in Buckinghamshire!

Stoke Place-The King and Lamb Restaurant is in Buckingham shire.

Stoke Place Country House is located in Buckinghamshire.  We were thrilled to be invited to sample the brand new The King and Lamb restaurant's vegan menu for veganuary.

The idea behind the vegan menu was to change perceptions of veganism. Instead of "mock duck" for example, why not embrace the wonderful plant-based food and fresh ingredients that the world has to offer?

As we arrived at Stoke Place, there was an immediate calm. We were not far from the city and main roads and yet we were given a complete sense of serenity. The exterior of Stoke Place was beautiful with lovely gardens on the outside. We really were looking forward to seeing the inside!

If we thought the outside was nice, we were in for a real treat when we walked up to the restaurant. It was lavishly decorated with beautiful fabric and antique ornaments. My daughter especially fell in love with the globes. This was definitely not the interior of a standard restaurant.

We were greeted by Mark who is the restaurant manager. He showed us to our table and then explained a bit about the country house and restaurant. It was interesting to find out the history of the house and how it came about. Stoke Place was built by Patrick Lamb in 1690. He was a master cook to several Kings and Queens but it was here in Stoke Place that he cooked for Queen Anne.

We were then talked through the full menu and explained the ingredients gone into each dish. We chose to have all three courses. Each dish sounded divine, it was hard to pick! We learnt that the food is sourced within 10 miles of the hotel.

We were also offered a vegan wine to go with the courses. I didn't know that wine isn't always vegan so that was good to learn and also did not contain sulphites. The wine was priced at £36 a bottle.

Whilst we waited for the first course, we had hot out of the oven bread rolls with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. For starters, I ordered the carrot soup and my daughter ordered the cabbage. The soup was simply perfect. There is no other description that I could give. Every flavour was coming through without being overpowering. The soup was wonderfully silky with the hit of ginger being just right. It was just what I needed for a cold wintery day! My daughter loved her starter too and said that she had never eaten cabbage before that tasted so good.

For mains, I had the gnocchi and my daughter had the butternut squash. With one bite I knew that the chef really knew his ingredients and flavours. Each ingredient complimented the other perfectly, I don't think I've ever eaten gnocchi that tasted this good before. It was so fresh. I was told by my daughter that the butternut squash was splendid too.

It's also worth mentioning that the portion sizes were perfect. Not too small, and not too filling that we were getting too full to enjoy the next course.

For dessert, we were recommended the vegan brownie and the poached pear. What a heavenly end to an already exquisite meal. Usually, I always skip any offers of cakes because I don't eat egg so it was great to be able to indulge in the brownie knowing that it is vegan. My daughter loved her pudding, particularly the pear sorbet.  With all of our dishes, the food was so beautifully and delicately presented. I and my daughter both were almost completely silent as we ate!

After our meal, we had a tour of Stoke Place where we got a chance to take in the rich history of the building and explore the different ways the hotel could be used to entertain. We finished off in the butterfly bar where we had a tea to round up our lunch.

I'm so glad that I've had the chance to discover Stoke Place. It's such a wonderful place to visit with family and friends in all the different seasons.

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Disclaimer:- Thank you, Stoke Place-The King and Lamb, for welcoming us to enjoy your hospitality. The full meal for two was on the house and all views expressed are entirely my own. I was not told or paid to write a positive review.

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