9th May 2017 1pm
An impromptu lunch with a colleague brought us to The Outsider. I had not ventured here since I started my blog so I was intrigued to see if it was as nice as I remembered. We were greeted with a smile and asked if we’d like to sit in the sun (i.e. near a window). We jumped at the chance and whilst not right next to a window we did have a beautiful view of the castle, which is particularly impressive if you want to show off to visitors. As we were a little later in the lunchtime slot, two of the three specials were already sold out but the rest of the normal lunch menu was available plus the soup special, all at really reasonable prices. I could have eaten pretty much everything and after changing my mind a few times, I opted for the pan fried crispy gnocchi whereas my colleague went for the honey and ale marinated steak ciabatta.
When the food arrived, they were both good portion sizes, although the ciabatta – with a humongous portion of skinny fries – was certainly punching above its weight. My gnocchi was in long strips, which was a little unusual but didn’t detract from its lovey flavour. The gnocchi was nestled in a bed of rocket alongside fine slices of juicy pear, a scattering of walnuts, and some cherry tomatoes. These all worked in harmony and the basil pesto and Parmesan shavings brought it all together nicely. I polished off the lot. My colleague attempted to eat the ciabatta with her hands but as the steak was not cut finely enough, she found herself having to take pieces out and eat them a bit at a time. That was her only complaint though as the meat itself was succulent and full of flavour. The side of fries were perfectly seasoned. She couldn’t finish them off so I was happily able to assist. They were delicious and the wild garlic aioli was spot on (even if our office was going to be pungent on our return).
We enjoyed our time at The Outsider. The service was generally good, although we did have to chase an ordered drink. The vibe was relaxing. Definitely worth a visit.
Food – 8.5/10
Service – 7.5/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 10/10
Overall – 34/40
Would I eat here again? Yup!
Cost £15 for two mains from the lunch menu plus a sparkling water