There’s no better way to sample the breadth of a chef’s repertoire than with a tasting menu. With a visit booked on a chilly autumn evening, we decided to put our judging caps on and experience the sensational six course set menu at The Gainsborough.
Jen and I began our adventure in The Gainsborough Bar, where a cocktail expert asked us about our preferences. After stating we were both fans of gin – which Jen preferred with floral notes, while I expressed a penchant for fruity drinks – we were presented with a bespoke cocktail each.
After sipping our delicious creations in the chic and modern bar, we made our way to the stunning restaurant. The decor blends elegance and modernity with comfort – think atmospheric lighting, artwork and plump cushion-adorned banquettes, just waiting to be sunk into.
Promptly seated, we began our impressive feast. The first dish to arrive was the smoked salmon amuse bouche, which lay beneath a smoke-filled cloche. Next came the chicken liver parfait, topped with vibrant rhubarb sorbet. Wild mushroom risotto came next, and was Jen’s favourite course. Served with a poached quail’s egg, Parmesan crackling and cauliflower sauce, it was deliciously creamy. For the fish course we received a glass of diver scallops, enhanced by king prawns, yuzu caviar and pickled radish. My favourite dish followed: Creedy Carver duck breast paired with confit spring rolls. The meat was succulent and the plum sauce matched perfectly. The grand finale to the meal was the Verona chocolate dome. Once drizzled with warm chocolate, the dome melted to reveal orange mousse – simply wonderful. It’s safe to say everything was beautifully presented and an absolute delight to devour.
Having worked in numerous prestigious kitchens in some of the finest hotels –including Ston Easton, Hunstrete House Hotel (now the Pig Hotel) and Holne Chase – Daniel Moon is a recent addition to The Gainsborough Bath Spa. He prides himself on utilising seasonal ingredients and sourcing produce as locally as possible. Before dishes leave the kitchen, they must pass Dan’s taste test; it’s no wonder the six course set menu at The Gainsborough is so incredible. Dan even popped out of the kitchen to meet us on our visit, to explain the provenance of the ingredients in our meal and ensure we were enjoying everything.
The Restaurant Manager
Attila M Tornyi has an impressive background in the hospitality industry, having worked at a medley of highly established restaurants in the nine years he has been part of the UK hospitality industry. We found Attila’s knowledge of the food and wine impressive, his service professional and his manner personable.