Well, the River Cottage Canteen certainly didn't disappoint. The food was superb, the staff friendly and knowledgeable and we all had one of the best meals we could ever remember eating. If anyone is interested, our selection went as follows: Mum and my nephew shared a South West fish board for starters, my sister and I had the onion bahjis and my brother-in-law had a pollack fish dish which doesn't appear on this week's sample menu. For mains, my Mum and sister both had the chickpea and cauliflower curry (small quibble with that dish as Mum felt the chickpeas could have done with a slightly longer cooking time,) I had ham and eggs, my nephew had sourdough pizza (we sort of shared our mains between us and I can definitely say that the pizza was delish!!) My brother-in-law had bangers and mash. For pudding I had the chocolate pot (shouldn't be eating chocolate really but it was soooooo gorgeous - the nicest dessert I've had in many a long year,) Mum and my sister had yogurt pannacotta with rhubarb and hazlenut biscuit - which they declard was divine, my nephew had the chocolate brownie sundae (it looked superb,) and my brother-in-law had the Salcombe dairy ice cream.
The whole experience was first rate and we couldn't have had a better meal or a nicer time on Mum's special day. River Cottage Canteen certainly isn't a budget option but for a special occasion - and they were certainly doing a roaring trade yesterday lunchtime - it would be hard to beat it. We're not a family who like getting dressed up so the really relaxed and easy-going dress code was ideal for us, too. I'm thinking maybe P and I can give it a whirl when he comes home for his two-week holiday, 'cos that'll certainly be a cause for celebration!!