Spotlight On: The Coast
Kathryn Otto samples the delights on the menu at The Coast in Tarporley
It was a Friday evening as we arrived in the picturesque village of Tarporley and made our way to The Coast. We were greeted warmly at the door and taken to our table. As we sat down we took in the décor, which was stylish and beach inspired (hence the “The Coast” name), which merges perfectly with the first-class fish and seafood menu.
We had a table towards the back of the restaurant, so we were in prime position to people watch, and we were amazed as to how busy it became so quickly. This is obviously a firm favourite with locals, and we were about to find out why. As it was Friday, I ordered a Sauvignon Blanc, Pacamaya, Chile (£22.00 a bottle) which was fresh and lively with an attractive floral character. Our drinks were brought to us very swiftly, and a member of staff took us through the impressive menu, offering suggestions on dishes that they would recommend.
Starters were a selection of classic favourites such as prawn cocktail, duck liver parfait and meatballs and calamari. We opted for meatballs and Thai fishcakes, which both were a fair size. The meatballs were covered in a gorgeous rich tomato sauce, and the fishcakes came accompanied with a delicious sweet chilli dip on the side.
The mains on offer were classic pasta, pizza, salad, meat and fish dishes. I decided on the rack of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, fine green beans and an alluring Barolo jus, by far one of the best dishes I have tasted in a long time. A traditional Italian dish cooked superbly, the meat fell off the bone, the potatoes were soft but not overly creamy, and the jus was moreish, I still have cravings for it now. My partner chose the lasagne as recommended by the waitress and it didn't disappoint. The portion size was generous, and came accompanied with two ciabatta slices, again a classic Italian dish, but with character.
We had no room for pudding however the waitress insisted we had to try one and thank goodness we did. A raspberry and vanilla pannacotta was served to share, which was rich and sweet in flavour and creamy, topped with white chocolate.
After the distraction of dinner, we took to people watching with a glass of wine and noticed that the restaurant had filled with a selection of couples having a night together along with a couple of tables of large parties celebrating birthdays. The atmosphere created by the lighting, the food, the staff and the customers were like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold night, leaving you with a warm, fuzzy feeling. It was at this point; we decided we would be back to take a trip along this coast.
The Coast 67 High St, Tarporley CW6 0DP t: 01829 730785 w: thecoasttarporley.co.uk