29th October 2015 8.30pm
We’ve been meaning to do a cheese platter for while, as we never find enough room to manage that amount of cheese at the end of a meal. I had heard good things about the platters on offer at Pickles of Broughton Street so we finally went to try the place out. Set in the basement below L’escargot Bleu, Pickles has a pretty little outdoor space for al fresco dining (with added outdoor heaters it seems, as there were customers sat out there even at this time of year). We headed inside and managed to bag the last pair of seats available. The place is small but perfectly formed. Lots of wood and a smattering of fairy lights makes it a perfect place for feeling cosy. There are a small number of tables if you are intending to make a longer haul of it but there are also plenty of bar stools alongside narrower tables for you to sip on a drink whilst nibbling on a delightful platter.
We were greeted immediately and given menus. There is a decent wine list for those who enjoy that. Otherwise there is still a good choice of beers and spirits too. Food wise, there are a number of different platters, breads, pates and other small bites. You can get good platter deals which are combined with wine. Sadly as I cannot have wine and my friend didn’t fancy having a bottle to herself, we just went for the meat and cheese platter, a beer and a southern comfort and Coke. We were really surprised just how much this platter entailed. There were four cheeses, all from Scotland, five different meats, lots of bread, oatcakes, olives, pesto, picked silver skin onions, cornichons, a beetroot chutney and a spiced plum chutney. I don’t think there was a single duff thing (I don’t go for blue cheese but my dining pal wolfed that down happily). The cheeses were soft and tasty. The meats had great, distinct flavours which delightfully complemented the cheeses. The pickles and cornichons had plenty of crunch. The chutneys were a nice touch. I adored the spiced plum chutney and had to restrain myself from putting it on everything! The pesto was also incredibly flavourful. I think the only issue was after having the pickles, the olives tasted a bit odd, so just make sure you eat the olives first!
The staff were lovely, the place cosy and the food delicious. We’ll be back and sending friends there too.
Service – 9.5/10
Atmosphere – 9/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 37/40
Cost £26 for a platter, beer and a spirit and mixer.