So, having already checked out the menu the night before, I knew exactly what I was having for dinner. Deep-fried Camembert to start, Fish and chips for main and, oh, hadn’t quite made up my mind yet as to which desert. I had thought of nothing else all day!!
We arrived for early dinner at Whittakers in Long Bennington on a not so sunny Tuesday evening. The restaurant is light and airy with the most amazing glass doors to 2 sides of the room. A lovely decked area which, on a summers evening, would be great to sit and watch the world go by with a drink of your choice. The restaurant wasn’t busy and we had a drink at the bar while Shaun chose his dinner delights. The bar is long with stools and a small seating area at the end, again the décor is up to date with stripes and neutral colours.
Food was decided and we were shown to our table. The host was very professional and personable. I asked if she would recommend any dishes and her reply was “they are all good!” With a good use of the space, the tables were set with heavy cutlery and beautiful glasses.
The starters arrived and, wow, the camembert was truly delightful – it was light and crisp and the rhubarb and Almond in the accompanying chutney worked really well. Shaun had the duck pancakes and he refused to share as they were too good. They were big and full of rich duck meat which melted on your tongue. The teriyaki sauce completed the deal.
So came out the fish and chips with homemade Tartar sauce. Tartar Sauce is my favourite of them all and this did not disappoint, with the creamy texture and the saltiness of the capers it was a real hit. The fish was well cooked and the batter light and fluffy, big fat chips completed the dish. Shaun had opted for the steak: this was cooked to perfection, simple steak with chips, mushroom and a grilled tomato. But as long as the steak is cooked correctly you need nothing else.
So on to desert, which neither of us really needed but, as our eyes were bigger than our bellies and our desire to taste more was rife, we ordered. I went for the Panna cotta and Shaun chose the Chocolate Brownie with toffee sauce and white chocolate ice cream. Wow! Amazing! The panna cotta was the best we had ever tasted, light, smooth and full of flavour. The brownie was a rich chocolate cake with a sweet sauce and a delicious white chocolate ice cream which complemented each other perfectly.
So with our tummies full of lovely food, and our belts adjusted slightly, we left for home. I would absolutely recommend Whitakers for either a drink or a meal as the surrounding are perfect and the atmosphere welcoming.
A Contemporary Bar & Restaurant in Long Bennington.
WHITTAKERS BAR & RESTAURANT
96 Main Road, Long Bennington, Newark, NG23 5DJ T: 01400 282002