Specialising in craft beer and casual fine dining, and with a roast dinner to die for, Nettle & Rye’s restaurant officially opened last night in the social hub of Clifton village in Bristol.
This blogging world throws some fab opportunities my way, and this week has been no exception – I was lucky enough to be invited to the restaurant sneak preview evening on Thursday, the night before their opening, to try their 7 course taster menu and I had no idea the treat that I was in for!
We turned up on the chilly Thursday evening, cracked open a bottle of wine and sat back to relax and take it all in.
What the team at Nettle & Rye have done with the place is absolutely stunning, it is cosy, it is homely and they have managed to create an atmosphere that is precisely where you want to be when it is raining and blowing a gale outside (which it was on Thursday night!)
The restaurant is named after each season, with the menu changing seasonally to ensure fresh, seasonal dishes and produce – and boy do they take the produce and make something amazing out of it – over the course of our taster menu we had carrots 4 ways and cauliflower 5 ways, just as an example!
The taster menu that evening was completely spectacular –
– Radish, Tarragon Mayonnaise & Pumpkin veloute.
– Carrot (4 ways), Ewe’s Curd, Caraway, Prune & Pumpkin Seeds.
– Cured Mackerel, Buttermilk, Rye, Apple & Cucumber with Dill Oil.
– Pollack, Cauliflower (5 ways!), Mussels, Hay, Red Watercress & Brown Butter. (Title photo above)
– Roe Deer Loin, Beetroot, Saison, Onion & Hawthorn.
– Crab Apple, Psychopomp Woden Gin & Buttermilk.
– Hazelnut, Rapeseed Oil, Sea Buckthorn, White Chocolate & Yogurt.
– Pine & Rosemary Brittle (which didn’t last long enough to take a picture!)
Every single bite was absolutely beautiful – I don’t think I left a scrap on any of the 7 plates!
My highlights have to be the Pollack, the Deer Loin and the Pine & Rosemary brittle, though I have to say, I genuinely loved everything!
The Pollack was incredible – perfectly cooked and so soft and full of flavour and the cauliflower (served in 5 different ways!) and the mussels were gorgeous too – yum!
The Deer Loin was beautiful and the flavours worked so so well together!
|I mean, look at this Roe Deer Loin – phenomenal!|
I absolutely LOVED the Pine & Rosemary Brittle – kinda like a really yummy Daim bar with a salty rosemary flavour added – SO GOOD – If Nettle & Rye start selling this by the box, I know what is going on my christmas list!
The Nettle & Rye restaurant is now officially open and with such a wide range and such a gorgeous, creative menu of fine dining, it is bound to be a huge success. I can’t recommend the restaurant enough – I had a fantastic evening, with one of the best meals I’ve had in a very very long time – what a treat!
Nettle & Rye can be found at www.nettleandrye.co.uk, on Twitter and Facebook, and at 16 King’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4AB
*Our dinner was gifted to us, however all views are my own. We also made a charity donation to their selected charity as our dinner was so good!