Owner-manager Zbigniew Orlicz Blonski has been running his family business for three years, and all of the staff and surroundings are authentically Polish. Gospoda is full of rustic charisma, with simple pine seating and beautifully crafted traditional light fittings and wall hangings. The menu is wholesome and homespun, and Zbigniew's welcoming and professional service makes you feel instantly relaxed and ready to enjoy the Gospoda experience.
There's an impressive drinks menu including 12 different vodkas and unusual fruity beers, served warm. My companion enjoyed a lovely sparkly apple beer and I sampled a rich glass of quality house red. Our starters were chosen from a snappy list of five; however, there are at least 20 mains to choose from, including seven vegetarian options. My borsch (beetroot soup) with dumplings was a mighty starter and my friend's dish of Polish sausage, fried with onion and served with bread and mustard, was soon cleared. Our mains were lentil cutlets with mushroom sauce and meatballs with tomato sauce, both served with mash and white cabbage salad. Desserts were irresistible; apple pie with ice cream and a delectable cheesecake made fantastic finishers.
Gospoda has a wonderfully intimate ambience, but larger groups can gather round the long table and enjoy plates of superb sausage and mash washed down with a speciality beer. The Uczta Gospodyni is a great choice for tables of four - you can enjoy a delicious and plentiful range of Polish specialities for an excellent set price. As Zbigniew says, 'when people come and eat with us, they say they could be in Krakow'. Who needs a plane ticket when places like this are on our doorstep.