Over, Gloucester, GL2 8DB | (01452) 332900
The Wharf House Restaurant in Gloucester is one of the city’s finest places to eat out – popular with couples and families from Gloucester and Cheltenham, perfectly located for visitors enjoying walks along the canal and a great venue for large parties and weddings too.
The classic restaurant boasts a relaxed ambiance and contemporary oak furniture, fine white crockery and stylish glassware – as well as friendly staff and a regularly-changing menu of British cuisine using only the freshest local produce.
The only restaurant with an AA Red Rosette in the city, diners can tuck into innovative cuisine for lunch and dinner at The Wharf House, with popular dishes including goat’s cheese mousse with a ginger crumb; Herefordshire fillet of beef stronganoff; and baked raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake with caramelised hazelnut.
Its Sunday tapas and tasting menus are not to be missed either, while the creative chefs can also cater for parties of up to 85 guests with a carefully crafted buffet menu.
Situated overlooking the restored Over Basin and River Severn on the edge of Gloucester, explore The Wharf House restaurant and accommodation in its full glory in SoGlos’s stunning photo gallery.
Photographs © Jonathon Watkins, PhotoGlow Photography, photoglow.co.uk.
Wednesday 25 September 2013
With six courses comes six chances for The Wharf House to sink or swim, with the Gloucester restaurant's brand new tasting menu elevating its culinary prowess fresh for 2016.
Nestled on the edge of Gloucester city centre in a picturesque setting overlooking Over Canal Basin and the River Severn, independent restaurant The Wharf House has been quietly amassing a loyal following of fine dining fans since its launch in 2004. And with the same long-serving, family team steering the culinary ship for most of that time, a tasting menu is perhaps a brave move, but a natural progression for this established destination.
Hoping to join the likes of some of the best local restaurants where tasting menus have become an institution, from The Greenway and Lumière to Lords of the Manor and Lower Slaughter Manor, we were excited to discover whether The Wharf House’s bold move would be a hit.
Our six-course lunchtime dining adventure started as it meant to go on with a lovingly prepared, beautifully presented and delicious selection of canapés. Bold cumin spiced popcorn; warm, freshly baked rosemary scones with tomato chutney; a highlight of good quality smoked salmon and cream cheese on garlic toast; followed by the texturally unusual goat’s cheese moose with ginger crumb, beetroot and horseradish dressing. Not a morsel was left behind.
Also served on slate, the first course of chicken liver and brandy parfait was smooth and rich, offset perfectly by the fruit-packed, sweet plum chutney and cornbread toast. The second starter of honey roast fig with salty Parma ham, artichoke and punchy piccalilli proved a classic flavour combination – my only gripe being I wanted more.
Half-way through the mouth-watering journey and there had already been plenty of talking points, trumped only by the arrival of a super sweet and milky marshmallow sorbet; not quite the palate cleanser we were expecting, but an interesting addition nonetheless.
The main course of venison rolled in walnuts was an absolute hit, savoured alongside the accompanying buttery leek and potato gratin, parsnip crisps and vivid chocolate and redcurrant sauce brushed onto the plate. Served medium rare it was the best deer dish we’d ever devoured.
It’s at this point tasting menus are really put to the test – but The Wharf House already had an old favourite under its belt, and the chocolate and Grand Marnier mousse was as good as ever, a perfect match alongside the subtle mixed spice tuile cigar biscuist stuffed with orange cream. We were divided over whether the mandarin sorbet went with the dish, although that didn’t stop us spooning out every drop.
Last but not least we felt gleefully greedy tucking into yet more desserts, moist spiced toffee and apple cake, a mixed crumble with Calvados ice-cream and mulled wine poached pear and spun sugar. Each top notch desserts in their own right, and boasting the same quality of ingredients, flavour refinement and attention to detail as in every course of the day.
While tasting menus are a chance for chefs to flex their skills and showcase a restaurant’s true signature, there’s also plenty of opportunity for things to go wrong. I’m pleased to report The Wharf House is not only punching well above its weight, but its six-course tasting menu wouldn’t have been out of place in Gloucestershire’s finest haunts.
What’s more the restaurant’s commitment to local ingredients was apparent throughout the new tasting menu, its amazing value at £39.99 per person and we left smiling ear-to-ear on a real foodie high. Whether you’ve dined at this restaurant before or not, its tasting menu is a brand new experience you really shouldn’t miss.
For more information call (01452) 332900 or visit thewharfhouse.co.uk directly.
By James Fyrne
Tuesday 01 March 2016
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