28th February 2016 12.30pm
I visited here not long after it opened, way before the inception of this blog. I had a great time then so we decided to book Scran and Scallie is the brainchild of Tom Kitchin and offers relaxed gastro pub style dining, with mismatched furniture and neutral colourings.
After perusing the menus, I opted for both my starter and main from the specials menu; wood pigeon on toast with hazelnut salad followed by a Sunday roast of beef with veg and a Yorkshire pudding. My dining companions went for goats cheese and beetroot salad and salmon ravioli for their starters and they both went for the fish pie for their main.
The starters all came out looking lovely, but I have to say the ravioli looked the most stunning, sitting in a vivid green watercress sauce. My wood pigeon was plentiful. I had been forewarned that it would be pink, which was perfectly fine by me. It wasn’t quite as soft as I’d hoped but was still very tasty. Surprisingly though, it was the hazelnut salad that was the star of this plate of food. It was fresh, vibrant and dressed perfectly. My friends both enjoyed their starters. We expected the ravioli to be one big one but was a number of smaller ones and was very delicious. The goats cheese and beetroot salad was also good, with the cheese not being too overpowering.
Onto the mains, my roast was very generous in size. The meat was cut thickly and there were at least three massive slices of the topside. The accompanying vegetables consisted of carrots, kale and potatoes which were all seasoned to perfection. The Yorkshire pudding was light and fluffy. I’ve never tasted a Yorkshire pudding so light. The gravy pulled everything together and a side pot of horseradish was nice to add just as much as you wanted to avoid over powering your mouth. The fish pie was enjoyed again by my fellow diners. It was full of fish rather than it being mainly sauce. The mash was good and the addition of an egg gave it a bit of variety.
After all that food we were too stuffed for dessert, even though I was hugely tempted by the apple crumble with crème anglaise. We’ll have to come back for that.
This was a really enjoyable meal. The portion sizes are generous and the quality of food is just was you’d expect – amazing.
Food – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 34/40
Would I go here again? Yes!
Cost £89 for three starters and mains and a bottle of wine.