Rick Stein, Marlborough ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

This is the third time I’ve been to Rick Stein in Marlborough, so I thought I’d do a quick mini-post.ย Based in the small market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire it is not far from the prehistoric site of Avebury (also worth a visit).

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The restaurant is in a historic townhouse over two floors and in 4 different rooms. It has been lovingly restored and I adore the interiors, using soft colours and beautiful fabrics but somehow managing to maintain a homely feel. It definitely feels like a special place to be.

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The only thing some people may not like is the proximity of the tables, so probably not a restaurant to come to if you have private business to discuss.

Their set lunch menu is ยฃ19.95 for 2 courses or ยฃ24.95 for 3 courses (some dishes need a side dish which is extra). This time my friend chose from the set lunch menu and had a pork & herb terrine to start followed by:

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Hake Laksa

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Passion Fruit Pavlova

The only thing I tried was the Sambal on the fish which was amazing. They really need to put more of that on this dish!

Being unable to eat gluten I often don’t have much choice with set menus so I chose from the A La Carte Gluten-Free Menu which is obviously quite a bit more expensive:

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Ceviche of Seabass & Prawns

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Hake with Tomato & Capers

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Milk Chocoalte & Rose Cream

The Ceviche was slightly heavy on lemon for my liking but the Hake was divine – so beautifully cooked and well balanced with the wonderful Mediterranean-style sauce. I ย had it with a side of roasted sweet potatoes and beetroot which I would come back for alone, it was so delicious.

The chocolate dessert I had had before and really love. If you like Turkish Delight – this is like a grown-up, sophisticated cousin and yet somehow it manages to not be overly sweet (although maybe that’s just me!). It’s always such a treat to see a gluten-free dessert on the menu that’s not a panacotta or pavlova!

On previous visits I have had:

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Tuna Carpaccio

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Indonesian Fish Curry

…and a few others I haven’t photographed and therefore forgotten!

The flavours at Rick Stein’s restaurant are quite clean and tend not to be overly complex or bold in order to focus ย perhaps on the delicate nature of the fish. The fish is cooked beautifully and I will be coming back here again (particularly as I have family in the area).ย I think next time I’ll have two courses – a main, side and dessert with a glass of one of their lovely wines.

For further information and to book click here.

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