Tis the season to be jolly and eat well – which is exactly the intention of the family business Raffles; the restaurant in Bridlington Old Town has devised a special seasonal menu.
It is not as extensive as its usual bill of fare – but there is still plenty of choice, from starters to desserts.
Soup of the day, game terrine and smoked salmon were on offer to start the meal. Both my dining partner and I opted for the chicken skewers – called chicken shami – served with a mint dip and salad garnish.
It might have been a starter but there was no skimping on portions.
Three pieces of juicy, breadcrumb-crusted cuts of meat arrived with a generous side of dip – and lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
The coating was spicy with a hint of heat, which made the cooling mint dip the perfect accompaniment.
The four choices for mains were rump steak tower, fillet of lemon sole, chicken breast and lamb steak.
My companion opted for the steak tower which was served with mushroom, black pudding and cheese melt. The steak, cooked medium rare, was tender and juicy.
I picked the lamb steak – which in fact was two steaks – served with port, mint and rosemary jus. The whole dish was delicious, fresh, meaty with real depth and richness.
Both main dishes were accompanied by two types of potato, mashed and roast, and seasonal vegetables including sprouts, carrots and parsnips.
And there was plenty of them with the vegetables served al dente, just the way we liked them.
Dessert choice was extensive and included orange and chocolate cake, apple pie, ice cream and Christmas pudding.
My companion opted for the orange and chocolate cake which also had the added spice of mincemeat (the sort used in mince pies).
It was creamy, crumbly and chocolatey – and came with cream – and the portion was big enough for us to share.
The Christmas special menu comes with a very reasonable price tag of £12.95 for two courses.
With wine our bill came to less than £43 which we thought excellent value given the quality and quantity of the food.
It really was good and plentiful.
There was lots of time left between courses and our hosts were attentive and friendly without being intrusive. The whole evening was unhurried and relaxed.
Our fellow diners – there were at least four other tables on a chilly Wednesday early evening – all seemed to be regulars with two customers so well known to the proprietors that they were served with their favourite tipple without them having to specify what it was.
The restaurant has been decorated for the festive season with tasteful wall and ceiling trimmings.
Raffles sits between the Burlington and the Lamp in the Old Town and we have eaten at both.
All three restaurants are different – all convivial and serving great food – but each with its own distinctive character and decor.
Diners are spoiled for choice in this part of Bridlington. Tis the season to be well fed, indeed.
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