The Old Post Office
Judging by the level of trade when we visited, The Old Post Office must be one of the most popular places in town. It simply caters for everybody; locals, families and visitors to the area alike are tended to in a warm and welcoming manner. Fronted by an impressive bar, the large and contemporary restaurant was buzzing with diners of all ages on the evening we visited. The lunch and dinner menu is Mediterranean-inspired; the open kitchen allows diners a clear view of the Josper oven, and Carlo Tolu (chef profile page 48) at work. To start with we decided on mozzarella di buffala Piemontese served with chargrilled red peppers, and a unique dish of beetroot-cured salmon served with a carrot and beetroot salad. Both dishes were outstanding.
As well as lighter choices and a tempting pasta selection, there is the charcoal oven menu; fish dishes of the day are displayed on the board, and these include prawn risotto, scallops, sea bass, swordfish and beer-battered pollock. All fish is delivered fresh from Billingsgate Market. Our main course choices were prime 8oz sirloin steak (all beef steaks are matured for 21 days), served with cherry tomatoes, rocket and French fries; and twice-cooked belly of pork served with spring greens and mashed potato. Both dishes were cooked just the way we liked them, and beautifully presented.
To follow this course we decided on raspberry sorbet drenched in amaretto, and a dark chocolate tart. Other options included a lemon and ginger parfait and a Pavlova sundae, amongst others. To accompany your meal, there is a reasonably priced wine menu, and cocktail-lovers will be delighted with the selection on offer. At The Old Post Office visitors can expect a wonderful dining experience, whatever the occasion or time of day.