Meal at Social Eating House

Meal at Social Eating House

at Social Eating House on 16 July 2016
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My third visit to this wonderful, little place.  Owing to a heat wave, most customers were seemingly in the sun on this Saturday afternoon however, not a problem at all for us when the air con was in full blast at Social Eating House.  Another lovely set menu was experienced on this occasion with creative and lively designs with good flavours and balanced textures but with aspects that had a jab to the kidneys as well…

A couple of points on this visit that were unfortunately not as sharp compared with previous visits: the social mule cocktail was highly bitter which we thought could have done with a verbal warning, a rather notable bone was in my fine trout and the marshmallow with the strawberry dessert was exceedingly sticky and almost glued to the plate and any cutlery that touched it.  The flavours were still ok on that dessert but it was difficult to deal with and slighlty unenjoyable as a result.  Miscellaneously, I would also be wary of sitting too close to the bar if you wish to be away from noise as you will find yourself needing to pause in between conversations when the cocktails are being prepared.

A couple of points on this visit that were unfortunately not as sharp compared with previous visits: the social mule cocktail was highly bitter which we thought could have done with a verbal warning, a rather notable bone was in my fine trout and the marshmallow with the strawberry dessert was exceedingly sticky and almost glued to the plate and any cutlery that touched it.  The flavours were still ok on that dessert but it was difficult to deal with and slighlty unenjoyable as a result.  Miscellaneously, I would also be wary of sitting too close to the bar if you wish to be away from noise as you will find yourself needing to pause in between conversations when the cocktails are being prepared.

I got a slight sense on this visit that the full staff compliment was a little dissapointed at the day’s ‘customer catch’ and it seemed to show in a slightly less warm (than normal) service – only slightly, but my nose did pick this up.  Otherwise, this and the above points are minor points that can only be spotted when the general product is very high. Another very pretty and flavoursome set menu lunch in general and very good value for £34 with opening cocktail.

The set menu was had on this occasion between the three of us with the exception of the duck fat chips and duck egg starter which was treated in the same was as Heston’s Meat Fruit at Dinner in that amuse bouches are not done at either place, so I preferred to beef it up by treating their star dish as the amuse bouche to share.  The star of the show foodwise on the set menu for this visit was the pollock with a very subtle soy and giner sauce as well as the supporting puree and jus to accompany the pork main.  The ham pasta and salmon starters were polished and totally pleasing.  Both desserts from the set menu were delicately done and the a’la carte dessert of hot white chocolate, vanilla crumble and rhubarb was truly wonderful.

The value for money here is an absolute given with the 3 course set menu being £23 and 2 course set menu £19 – exceedingly good on this front.  The Jason Atherton choice of Sauvingnon Blanc was priced at £39 and for the pleasing effect was also very satisfying for value for money as well – bravo all round to Social Eating House.

Another belter of a visit and I would actually say that this is the text book 1 Michelin starred venue that would make anyone who is either intimidated by Michelin starred restaurants, or views them as a solely expensive affair, to re-evaluate this thinking, as frankly Social Eating House ticks numerous boxes that fashionable and over priced venues do not.

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8 / 10

Milk & honey white and brown breads

Dill cocktail – Gin, smashed cucumber, elderflower syrup, lemon juice, fresh dill, smoked salt

Social mule cocktail – Vodka, fresh carrot, ginger & honey syrup, citrus

Confit pork belly, fermented apple, cucumber, chicory, young herb

Smoked Hampshire chalk stream trout, avocado, Jersey royals, caviar mayonnaise, watercress

Butter poached Normandy chicken, summer truffle emulsion, peas, broad beans, mint

Oakchurch Strawberry Arctic Roll, strawberry sorbet

Mini madeleine petit fours

The lunch bill for 2

Restaurant exterior

House recommended white

Duck fat chips and duck egg

Ham hock pasta

Salmon and horseraddish cream

Pork

Pollock

Green tea sponge

Hot white chocolate

Liquorice tart

The bill for three

Exterior

Downstairs

Salmon

Very content

Mackerel jar and toast

Mackerel jar

Pig’s trotter

Duck egg & duck fat chips with ham

Black Angus Tartare