The Overseas League had always felt a bit old school and stuffy to me. The portrait of the Queen, in the lobby, didn’t exactly scream “quality dining experience” to me, but I duly trotted up the couple of flights of stairs to the dining room, known as Restaurant 100.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the rather stylish dining room. It felt fresh and smart. The view over the city, with the castle as the stunning centrepiece, was just a spectacular as expected. I was lucky enough to snag a window table so had a pretty good view as my lunchtime companion.
Their menu offered two courses for £13 which sounded good to me. Menu choices featured tasty sounding things like a smoked duck starter, gnocchi, and good sounding fish n chips, amongst other things,
I opted for the soup of the day, which was yellow split pea and ham, then the main course special, which was beef casserole with crushed potatoes.
My friendly and attentive waiter was soon delivering a simply presented, generous portion of the soup, which had a lovely smoky aroma. It proved extremely pleasing eating with a light texture and deeply flavourful backbone. I was as impressed with it as I was with the very good accompanying sundried tomato bread.
The main course casserole was packed with chunky beef and profoundly satisfying. It was a classic home-style favourite delivered to a really good standard. It’s a dish that should appear on more menus.
So overall, the Royal Overseas League’s Restaurant 100 was a surprise hit. It represents one of the better value lunch options in the city centre so I’d recommend you give it a try. I courted the more rustic end of the market but I suspect there are some really stylish dishes available on their menu. I look forward to trying them on many future visits.
Blythe scores Restaurant 100
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: yellow split pea and ham soup; beef casserole
I drank: water
I wore: maroon shirt
Total bill: £13