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There was a warm welcome from the moment we entered La Cachette. Mark, who runs front of house, made us comfortable as we were seated at our table.

I noticed a mix of clientele, from families to groups of friends and the wine buffs who had come for the wine tasting which included a 5 course meal with a different wine for each course. This is a regular event and is great value.

Onto the food! For starter I had the asparagus with a crisp bacon and rocket accompaniment and a beautiful hollandaise sauce. Gemma went for the egg Benedict which was superb and, as we were told later, is one of their most popular starters and I can understand why. Main course, for me was slow roast pork belly which was so tender I didn't need a knife to cut through it. I chose side dishes of creamed spinach and jersey new potatoes, everything was cooked to perfection. Gemma selected the duck with French style peas and roasted sweet potato which she assures me was simply divine!

We rounded off our meal with strawberries and a delectable elderflower Chantilly crème.

In summary, this was a marvellous dinning experience, the ambiance, the staff and the amazing food. I strongly recommend La Cachette, the only thing that puzzled me was why it hasn't got a deserved Michelin Star!

For contact details and booking, follow our link to the La Cachette website.

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- Bob Tipton

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