A Hundred Suns front woman, Claire Perkins, also known for her solo performances as Perk, reviews the latest gastronomy hot spot, the Cellar Door Fine Dining Restaurant and Cafe on Widemarsh Street in the Hereford City Centre which features Masterchef finalist Josh Donachie as head chef.
Musicians live and play by their own rules and Claire is no exception as she brings us a food review injected with her trademark humour that will leave you with hunger pangs and grabbing your phone to make dinner reservations. She is a passionate foodie, I recommend you take her word for it.
Fine dining in Hereford has taken a turn for the best, as I encountered last Sunday. The newly opened Cellar Door Fine Dining Restaurant and Cafe, is a stones throw from high town, nestled between old clothes shops opposite Elts. It’s so unassuming it’s a ‘blink and you miss it’ place. I walked past it once through my idiocy before stumbling upon this treasured hideaway.
The décor is minimal with a rustic feel; mahogany floors and magnolia walls, wooden tables and chairs with a single flower decorating each. The bar was impressive, as was the wine list, but in my usual manner, I went for a Caledonian Brewery Coast to Coast Pale Ale that went down a treat. Although I didn’t indulge, the wine list was impressive, as was the selection of cocktails and pale to wheat offerings at the bar, there is something for everybody.
I had a talking to afterwards from my feast friend. I was banging my plate by scooping up the remains of the sauce when he asked, “Could you be any louder?” I thought, “Yes!! I can, maybe they’ll bring me more!”
On a Sunday, there are three courses on offer, of course I had to indulge. The starter was presented beautifully on the plate in a delicate fashion. My partner ordered the Crispy Whitebait with a mouthwatering Bloody Mary Ketchup, whereas I opted for the Hot Salmon with Buttermilk and Dill which was served with a salad. The Salmon was succulent and rich, one of my favourite types of fish, and as a vegetarian an indulgence I decided to allow myself. I could have splurged and ordered three of these.
My main course, which I was initially unsure about, being a vegetarian, was the Tomato Chilli Garlic Linguine with Wrekin’ White cheese, a simple, fresh pasta dish decorated with wild garlic in a flowery fashion. My palate was not disappointed and it was all gobbled in a flash. My food envy kicked in when my partner’s Roast Topside Hereford beef dinner arrived, which had a nice bit of mustard on the side and was served with Roasties and one of the largest Yorkshire puddings I have ever encountered. Let’s just say it quickly evapourated.
Which leaves the pudding. Oh yes, the pudding. My goodness!!! Holy Moly!!! My partner went for a rich, Chocolate Brownie served with Honeycomb Ice Cream, whilst I had a concoction of Peanut Cheesecake, accompanied by Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream, as well as two teeny tiny doughnuts on the side. Aesthetically beautiful and definitely delicious.
I had a talking to afterwards from my feast friend. I was banging my plate by scooping up the remains of the sauce when he asked, “Could you be any louder?” I thought, “Yes!! I can, maybe they’ll bring me more!”.
The Cellar Door is amazing value for money considering the chef is Josh Donachie, a Masterchef finalist. If you are after delicate, well thought out flavours and visually tantalising dishes, head here. Your wallet and your belly will thank you for the true modern fine dining experience.
The Cellar Door is located on 25 Widemarsh Street, Hereford, Herefordshire HR4 9EA
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