Ladies Who Lunch

Ever since we heard about the opening of Elderflower it has been high on our wish list to visit, the owners have an impressive pedigree! Andrew Du Bourg (formerly Head Chef at the Chewton Glen Hotel) and his wife Marjolaine have many years experience between them of working in the top hotels and restaurants of England and France, at last they have realised their dream of opening their own restaurant. Their style is “Quintessentially British with a sprinkling of French”!

Elderflower is in a very pretty little listed building on the famed cobbled Quay Street, a very popular area of Lymington. It was an exciting occasion as we were lunching with our fellow foodies Matt & Cat from the Isle of Wight Eating out Guide. We were all using a Groupon Voucher, wonderful value and on this occasion it succeeded in its purpose… we all enjoyed the food so much we will return in the future.

The voucher was for 2 courses and also included either a glass of prosecco, a non alcoholic drink or an Elderflower cocktail. We all chose the latter and pleased that we did as it was a very refreshing long drink. No more alcohol as we were all driving at some stage during the day. Bread with beurre noisette was served whilst we studied the menu

Two of us had the 2 starter choices….. a delicious and hearty bowl of Mussels Chowder, Chorizo, Leeks & Potato and an Heirloom Tomato Salad, Roast Beetroot, Isle of Wight Soft which tasted as good as it looked… the foam was tomato water and there was a hint of truffle oil… couldn’t have been more appropriate that the cheese was from the Isle of Wight!

The two main course choices were Catch of The Day which was cod in a very light batter sat on a bed of mashed peas and chips and served with home made tartare sauce. The other main was Pork Fillet, Grilled Baby Artichokes and an outstanding Sweet Garlic Purée. There were also several little cubes of purple polenta! The polenta had been dyed with grape skins. Both dishes were packed with flavour, beautifully presented and generous portions.

Again 2 choices of Dessert, Strawberry Parfait, Rose Meringue, Iced Mint & Verjus. We thought the parfait could have been out of the freezer for a tad longer but still a delightful dessert and the Iced Mint was fabulous. The other choice, a yummy BlueBerry Crème Brulée, Old Boy Jam, Hibiscus.

We finished with coffees served with “Mignardises” a word non of us had heard of…. “Small sweet tid-bits served at the end of the meal (after dessert), usually with coffee. It’s derived from the old French word”Mignard” which means either small child, or graceful, pretty and delicate!” Ours were little Chestnut Sponges.

The service from Marjolaine and her friendly staff was good, the restaurant is very attractive and the food was of the highest standard, Andrew is an inventive chef, our lunch was outstanding so we highly recommend Elderflower and wish them lots of luck with their new venture!

Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: The Elderflower

LWL Gold Award awarded August 2014

Cost £££+

5/5 Quality of food

4/5 Variety of menu

4/5 Staff and service

4/5 Ambiance and décor

5/5 Value for money (because of Groupon!)

22/25 Total yummy factor. Review CJ