As part of my recent stay Careys Manor Hotel and SenSpa I visited their fine dining restaurant; Cambium, to experience the a la carte menu.
Cambium takes pride in sourcing and growing all their ingredients locally, "ensuring they go from farm to folk in the shortest time", so, I was looking forward to what produce the New Forest could bring to the table.
The interior of the restaurant felt chic, yet comfy, and you could tell the interior design has been inspired with nature very much top of mind.
I started the evening with a simple starter, which was chicken pressing, quails egg, cured ham, lettuce gem and Parmesan brioche. This was in fact the first time I've tried a quails egg; it was so delicate and oozed a perfectly bright orange yolk.
Alex's scallops were char-grilled with celeriac and were oh so yummy.
A light starter was definitely the best choice as I wanted to give each course equal amounts of attention!
Can't be having any jealous food now can we!
For main course; we both opted for beef, it sounded too delicious to just 'share'. Complete with both fillet and slow braised cheek, I knew we were in for a treat. The meat literally dissolved in my mouth, it was that tender. Accompanied with leafy greens and a creamy horseradish sauce - the variety of textures on the plate was divine.
The rich and bold flavours of the meat were very intense. A great flavour, however, the portion size was just the right amount. It definitely set my taste-buds, and left me craving something sweet and refreshing. It was ideal that desserts were to follow.
Craving moist and sweet treats - I had a chocolate pave (I was worried this could be a heavy choice - both for my stomach and my weight ha) but it was balanced out with carmelised banana and thyme and honey ice-cream.
This was definitely my favourite course. I'm actually surprised, because usually dessert is my least favourite. I think its timely appearance was so perfectly on cue with my needs at that very moment in time. Plus the thyme and honey ice-cream was such a good flavour combination and a very welcome refresh to my palette.
Thoroughly enjoyed my meal here!
Keep your eyes peeled for some more travel and foodie posts coming your way this week!
(*) My meal at The Cambium Restaurant at Careys Manor Hotel was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. I can assure you all opinions expressed here are my own. (*)