L’Enclume has been on my bucket list for a while so am extremely pleased to have now dined here.
We had an excellent, friendly reception from Thomas the restaurant manager and were seated by the anvil on a large corner table, ideal for watching the surrounding theatre of a busy restaurant. There is also a conservatory overlooking the garden, personally I preferred our table.
It truly was very busy but everything ran like clockwork with everyone obviously able to work in harmony.
Two tasting menus are offered at lunchtime so the workload on the kitchen to keep up must be enormous but keep up they did as service at our table could not be faulted.
Each course was the most incredible mix of tastes and flavours, I am always impressed by the ingenuity of top chefs such as Tom who was running the kitchen. We were fortunate to be invited to see Tom at work and somehow he found the time to say hello.
There were two very tasty contrasting canapes – truffle pudding and pork and eel with ham fat.
Then the rest of the courses, each described when presented to the table, all beautifully constructed and a very flavoursome, unique combination of ingredients.
There was a generous portion of freshly baked sourdough bread and later a second portion of bread – mixed seed Rye in the shape of mushrooms on a bed of seeds – we were advised to save some to clean our plate and this we did.
Service was unrushed at a pace befitting the experience, in fact the whole experience probably took about 3 hours plus. I say about 3 hours as I don’t really know precisely and don’t think that matters on these occasions.
We have dined in several Michelin starred restaurants and L’Enclume rates with the best.
Many thanks to L’Enclume and all of the team.