My companion opened her attack on the Market Menu with a signature Scotch egg (accompanied by a piccalilli sauce) to die for while I started with some fine oak smoked salmon served with chopped egg and toast. I then opted for a whole sea bass with herb butter cooked en papillote accompanied by a generous serving of vegetables (carrots, cabbage and small roast potatoes), while eying with jealousy the tender and juicy roast pork belly served with Bramley apple sauce and mashed potato that Laura was tucking into with relish.
We ended an exceptional meal with a rich yet seemingly light sticky date pudding with toffee sauce and Devonshire clotted cream for me, and four prime British cheeses with chutney and biscuits for Laura. And from first to last we quaffed a fine prosecco. The service was impeccable, and the table-placements, hygiene and all Covid-related safety measures were excellent.