I preferred this duck to all the owls

I preferred this duck to all the owls

It sometimes takes us a while to make good on commitments to revisit places, but we usually get there in the end and such was the case with our trip to Credo. We’d popped in during their first few weeks of business, many moons ago, and been thoroughly underwhelmed. We opted for a feedback letter and a promise to come back when they were better settled, rather than a fairly destructive review.

I was joined this evening by regular guest quester Frances, who had previously quested at nearby Nobles, amongst other places.

I’ve always been a fan of the restaurant space from my first experience here, back in the days when it was E:S:I. It’s split across three levels with the lowest tier home to our table for the evening. There we were surrounded by a parliament of owls. It brought to mind chilling memories of Alan Garner’s The Owl Service.

Starters

Starters

The menu set-up is shared starters and finishers and a choice of mains in the middle. We opted for the starters to be GF, as per Frances’ dietary requirements, which they were happy to accommodate. We chose rack of lamb and a trio of pork for mains.

Lamb

Lamb

The starter platter promptly arrived delivered by our ever attentive waitress. This comprised a fairly non-descript roulade, good crispy pork belly, nice nuggets of battered coley and an asparagus and broad bean risotto which was the undoubted star of the show. It was good, hearty fare with some flashes of creativity.

Pork

Pork

Main courses were both massive. My pork showcased homemade black pudding, which was top notch, well prepared fillet and a bigger chunk of the pork belly, which I think I preferred in the smaller, starter dose. The accompanying mash was very well seasoned. Frances’ lamb hit the spot very nicely.

So overall, it was good to see Credo on pleasing form. It has clearly progressed very positively from a shaky start and feels very settled and established. The only real quibble we had was that portion sizes were a little hefty for a three course menu; we were soundly defeated by the two courses we had. The menu changes seasonally, so I look forward to visiting again to try something new.

Scores
Blythe scores Credo
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20

Today’s questers were: Frances, Blythe

We ate: asparagus and broad bean risotto; coley; crispy pork belly; roulade; rack of lamb; trio of pork

We drank: red wine, coffees, water

We wore: black, blue

Total bill: £66

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Written by BKR