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The Cottage Restaurant & Lodge

The Cottage Restaurant & Lodge

London Road
Allostock
Knutsford
Cheshire
WA16 9LU
Tel: 01565 722470
Fax: 01565 722749

The Cottage Restaurant & Lodge is both a restaurant and a small hotel situated on the A50 between Knutsford and Holmes Chapel in Cheshire.

I have passed almost daily without ever venturing inside. I have noticed how, over the past few years it has gradually been upgraded and extended. I have also heard many reports of the quality of the food, of which most were very favourable.

So when advertisements appeared outside for a set price, two-course lunch for £6 I was determined to try it out. So one lunchtime my wife & I decided to venture forth and give the Cottage Restaurant a try.

Parking is not a problem as it has its own large car park, front, side and rear.

Reception leads into a small bar with today's menus displayed. You are greeted and invited to sit down in the comfortable bar and order drinks. The lunchtime menu was offered and comprised of a very decent selection of starters and main courses. The a la carte menu was also available but why bother when there is such a good value selection for a set price. I relaxed with a pint of Grolsch and my wife decided to wait until we ate to order a drink.

I chose the pan fried mushrooms in a cream and brie sauce on a herb croute and my wife chose capacchio of melon with a wild berry compote and passion fruit sorbet. For main course I chose pan seared liver and bacon on a wholegrain mustard mash with a caramelised onion jus. My wife chose breast of chicken topped with stilton cheese and bacon, served on a bed of mixed salad with garlic and rosemary baby potatoes (except she opted out of the stilton!).

Other choices on the menu included soup of the moment with fresh breads, fresh summer leaves tossed in a homemade Caesar dressing with anchovies, olives and garlic croutons for starters. Main course dishes also included wild mushroom and shallot risotto finished with cream and shavings of Parmesan cheese, supreme of roast salmon on a mixed salad with garlic and rosemary baby potatoes.

After a civilised chat and leisurely drink we were taken to our table. The dining room was nicely set out in cottagy restaurant style. The starters arrived and we were most impressed by the portions. It is always a good sign when a restaurant does not skimp on its special offers but uses them as a showcase for its full product. They also tasted as good as they looked. The mushrooms were fried to perfection in a creamy brie sauce and almost turned out to be a meal in themselves. To accompany the starters we were given warm bread rolls presented in a warm terracotta flowerpot. A little unusual perhaps, it was a genuine flowerpot with the drainage hole in the bottom. I think it might have been less odd if it had been presented in a warm (even terracotta) serving bowl.

The main courses were as impressive as the starters. The liver (it was calves liver) was presented in a serving dish on top of the wholegrain mustard mash. The bacon was arranged over the liver and the dish was completed with a sweet caramelised onion gravy. The chicken breast was succulent but potatoes seemed a little overdone, but overall the meal was very good. Both meals were complemented by a nice selection of seasonal vegetables.

There is also a special dessert menu, priced at £2 for ice cream, sticky toffee pudding, and spiced pear crème fraiche brulee and £2.50 for the cheese selection with homemade chutney, celery and grapes. We couldn't manage a third course this lunchtime, appetising as it seemed. We settled for an excellent value lunch and left extremely satisfied.

The bill came to £16.30 for 2 meals and two drinks, which I think is exceptional value.

Overall - highly recommended. I would suggest that the quality of the lunchtime special menu augers well for a la carte dinner. We will most definitely be returning.

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The Cottage Restaurant & Lodge

Total Score: 70%
Quality: Average
Service: Good
Facilities: Above Average
Ambience: Average
Value: Good

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