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In search of good food – latest reviews

Constantly in search of exciting new places where we can eat well ourselves and recommend with confidence to our guests, we have tried one or two new places recently with varying degrees of success but we will pass on our experiences for what they are worth.

Saving the best for tomorrow here goes today with the very definitely  ‘not best’… We met up with a few friends the other day to try lunch Le Mistral, a new bistro in Bakewell.  John and I had had a very atmospheric meal/evening at the one in Wirksworth- admittedly several years ago – and when the Bakewell restaurant opened a month or so ago we were sent very impressive brochures with a discount offer for our guests and ourselves. We had great hopes.

So far so good. Le Mistral looked bright and clean, the atmosphere attractive, staff were pleasant and our complimentary glass of house wine very acceptable. The let down was the food. It was pretty expensive (although we did get the promised discount taken off the bill afterwards) and quite frankly disappointing. Had it been delicious we probably we would probably have found the prices quite acceptable

Feeling nostalgic I had ordered  ‘Homemade prime beef, tarragon and garlic meatballs, in a tomato and herb sauce, on a bed of rice topped with parmesan shavings.’  My five nondescript and fairly tiny meatballs were an embarrassment –  I would have been ashamed to serve them for the most routine of children’s suppers; they cost £10.

We had a fun time. As I said, the atmosphere was pleasant, and we were with friends; however not one of us had actively enjoyed the food and none of us would bother to go back. What a wasted opportunity for a new restaurant trying to build up a reputation and what a shame for those of us who were hoping to have a great new venue to recommend to our friends and guests!

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