Michelin-starred Lisa Goodwin-Allen provides finesse and aptitude to the brand new menu at The Fowl Recreation at The Stafford in St James’s with elegant riffs on British classics…
Picture: The Fowl Recreation
The attractive Stafford Lodge has graced historic and stylish St James in London for over 100 years, and is one thing of a grand previous woman of the district.
However now its in style eating room The Recreation Fowl has been given a contemporary twist with the arrival of celebrated Michelin-starred Lisa Goodwin-Allen, who has overseen a new menu which showcases the best British produce and helps many artisan producers, drawing on Lisa’s expertise from Michelin-starred Northcote in Lancashire.
The Stafford says that: ‘Collectively, Lisa and Govt Chef Jozef Rogulski have created a menu overflowing with an progressive mixture of acquainted favourites and scrumptious surprises’, and we weren’t upset.
We entered The Stafford on a cold autumn night and located the welcoming Recreation Fowl restaurant tucked simply to the left, a trendy jewel of a room with vibrant furnishings and artworks which create a splash towards the impartial décor and the high-quality wooden panelling of the imposing previous bar.
Over a nostalgic Sidecar cocktail we examined the menu, which is a mixture of the conventional and the sudden.
We might have began with a number of H. Forman & Son smoked salmon, served tableside from the restaurant’s bespoke trolley, which appeared spectacular, or an attention-grabbing sounding Gala ‘Pie’, with pressed pork, beer onions and brown sauce, or Lancashire three beets, with frozen Dorset ash goat’s cheese and roasted hazelnuts.
After a lot deliberation and sluggish consumption of the Sidecar, we selected the crispy day boat turbot with heat tartare sauce which was distinctive and really fairly on the plate, and a soften within the mouth disc of hand minimize aged beef tartare with charcoal mayonnaise.
As a Lancashire lady myself I couldn’t resist the Dover sole with potted Southport shrimps and sea herbs for the primary course.
My husband selected Jacobs Cross Lamb, sticky stomach, with wooden roasted leek and sheep’s curd. It sounds odd however tastes divine.
It was a tricky alternative because the mains menu additionally options the fabulous sounding butter-poached Native Lobster, with basil & champagne, in addition to the Recreation Fowl’s quirky tackle good previous fish and chips – Orkney scallops tempura with fries.
Each sole and lamb had been cooked to perfection, bringing an imaginative contact to well-loved dishes.
To end we shared an uncommon dessert, the blackcurrant crumble soufflé with liquorice ice cream and couldn’t resist their plate of cheeses which created the proper finish to a memorable meal at The Recreation Fowl.
The charming sommelier beneficial glorious wines to pair with every course.
The Stafford has a 380-year-old working wine cellar in addition to the well-known American Bar, so the drinks menu right here is as notable because the meals.
The menu is a refreshing tackle previous favourites and thrilling new flavour combos, all primarily based on high-quality British produce.
And though The Stafford itself is a sublime 5 star property, the restaurant is something however stuffy.
The ambiance in The Recreation Fowl couldn’t be extra enjoyable or heat, with simply the precise stage of sentimental jazz background music and attentive pleasant service.
We’re actually sport for a return go to to this flavoursome and stylish restaurant in a stunning a part of city.
Featured within the show cupboard on the wall of the restaurant dangle a few of the meats which may be loved for Sunday lunch, which sounded tempting.
The situation makes The Recreation Fowl an excellent spot for a romantic pre-Christmas dinner or perhaps a subtle submit procuring deal with.
Handle: The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ
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