The RBG Bar & Grill
The recently refurbished interior features trendy low-hanging wall lamps, combined with a red-swirled, glass-effect bar, which lends the establishment a rather retro 80s feel. Here you can sample everything from classic rib-eye steaks to free-range chicken, shakes and smoothies - it's no wonder it's such a popular haunt with locals, as well as guests staying at the hotel.
The service was exemplary with a friendly and relaxed approach, while the menu provided a tempting selection. The beauty of the RBG menu is that you are not restricted to starters and mains - starter dishes can be served as main portions and vice versa. I opted for the blackened salmon salad whilst my partner indulged in the warm Thai spicy beef salad. Both were excellent choices, cooked with skill and presented beautifully - works of art on generous white plates.
We followed this with free-range chicken served with crunchy steamed green vegetables, and grilled tiger prawns with chunky, hand-cut chips. The chicken was memorable and tender, whilst the tiger prawns were huge and cooked to succulent perfection, served direct from the grill. The chunky chips were a delight: rough-cut, homemade and accompanied by crispy onion rings that were definitely some of the best I'd ever tasted.
For dessert we tried the apple crumble with vanilla ice cream and cheesecake with maple caramel. All the desserts have a European twist, with the chef sourcing recipes that originate from Brussels - the apple crumble saw fresh oats drizzled with sumptuous caramel sauce, whilst the cheesecake choice arrived with an exquisite creamy vanilla accent.
So, substance and style - I'll most certainly be back.