Exterior

Exterior

Despite their lack of internet presence, beyond a couple of Google reviews, I got a tip from regular guest quester Freya that The Rabbit Hole, newly opened where Sweet Melinda’s used to trade, was very much worthy of a visit. Accordingly I toddled along for lunchtime look.

I was joined today by two chef pals, Craig and Paul, which ensured lots of good food chat over lunch, as well as keenly trained eyes on the fare we were served.

Ballotine

Ballotine

At lunch they serve both a lunch menu, including a particularly good looking soup and sandwich deal for £7, and their full a la carte selection. Both demonstrated a solid commitment to local produce.

We opted for the a la carte, with Craig going for calamari then lamb saddle, Paul choosing the chicken and chorizo ballotine then the poussin, while I plumped for baked aubergine followed by confit duck leg.

Squid

Squid

Dishes soon arrived looking very smart. I lifted the lid on my melanzane to reveal a neat little dish that was packed with flavour and charm. Paul found the clams that accompanied the ballotine just a wee touch gritty, but was otherwise very pleased with things, and Craig’s calamari was given the thumbs up.

Main courses were of a similarly impressive standard. My dish was packed with hearty flavour. The duck leg was just as you would wish, while the accompanying haricot beans with Merguez sausage and black pudding was very pleasing indeed. There were similar nods and noises of approval around the table.

Duck

Duck

Sweet-toothed Paul couldn’t resist giving the lemon tart a go and was rewarded with a smart and simply presented dish. Craig and I tried the coffee. As with most restaurants, there was some room for improvement with that.

So overall, the Rabbit Hole is starting life at a really pleasing level. It feels very assured and settled considering how new it is, with service calm, friendly and smooth, and the interior feeling very welcoming. I look forward to visiting again and would urge you to do so.

Lemon tart

Lemon tart

Scores
Blythe scores the Rabbit Hole
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20

We ate: calamari, chicken and chorizo ballotine; aubergine bake; lamb saddle, confit duck, poussin; lemon tart

We drank: white wine, red wine, water, coffees

We wore: chequered shirt; too light jacket; Stones of Scotland tie

Total bill: £78.80

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Written by BKR