Lambs is a romantic and cosy restaurant set in a 16th century shophouse which has retained many of its charming original features. IT serves up modern classics from the British and European cuisine from a conveniently located location in the centre of town. Great value with good portion size.
What is the food like?
A good selection of modern classics from the British and European cuisine. Start with a light pumpkin soup or balsamic roasted beetroot salad if you are after something light, or indulge in pan-fried king prawns or Cornish mussels in white wine sauce for something more wholesome. Move on to the classic French duck à l’orange or steak-frites for mains or a rack of lamb or pan-fried calves liver. Finish off with sticky toffee pudding, an Eton Mess or panna cotta or a cheese platter.
How is the drinks selection?
Sufficient. There are 14 choices of white wine and equal number of red wine from the old as well as new world wine regions. A bottle of 2009 Vintage Taittinger is on hand if you are there on a special occasion. Selection of gin and Superbock lager and Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale also available on tap.
What is the place like?
Romantic and cosy. Lambs is set in a 16th century shophouse which has retained many of its charming original features like exposed wood beams, high vaulted ceiling and leaded windows. Warm low lightings, candlelight, soft background music and a cut flower on the table completes the setting for a lovely meal.
Who are the patrons?
Popular with locals and tourists alike. As it is conveniently located in the centre of town and a few minutes from the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatre, it is popular for pre-theatre dinners. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
How is the service?
Delightful and pleasant.
Is it child friendly?
Yes. While there isn’t a children menu, portions are sufficiently generous to share with little ones.
Is it dog friendly?
Great. Good portion size and main dishes priced between £14 to £25 (before VAT). This restaurant does not charge discretionary service charge for tables with 8 or less. All tips go directly to staff.
See below for what my dining companions and I indulged in for this review (prices quoted before VAT):
2015 Araldica Flori Barolo DOCG
This Barolo hail from Piedmont wine region in north Italy, bordering France and Switzerland, at the foot of the Alps. The tug-of-war temperature variation between the ice cold Apls and the warm Mediterranean creates a perfect climate for Nebbiolo grapes. It has a light red colour. Aroma of plum on the nose with a silky texture and dry finish on the palate. £43.95+
Seared Scallops – From the Fish Specials Menu
Generous chunks of scallops, fresh and sweet. Flavours enriched with stir-fried wild mushrooms, deep-fried black pudding and potato mousseline. £11.50+
Pan-fried King Prawns
King prawns beautifully cooked in shells to retain maximum flavours. Its sweetness brought to fore by the spicy chilli pork nduja paste and rich garlic butter. Served with toasted bread to soak it all in. £9.50+
Breast of Gressingham Duck “Bigarade”
Perfectly pink slices of moist and juicy duck presented over a bed of Savoy cabbage. You cannot go wrong with the classic sweet sour combination delivered through the “Bigarade” brown sauce flavoured with the juice and grated rind of oranges. Three balls of bacon & croquette potatoes added as bonus. £19.25+
Pan-fried Calves Liver
Slightly overdone calves liver of an otherwise great concoction of flavours from the smoky pancetta, aromatic crispy shallots and brown sauce. £18.95+
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Delicious cube of moist and spongy cake in a lake of rich sugar and butter toffee topped with a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream. £6.50+. Pudding indulged together with a rich and punchy glass of house port, Krohn Porto Coheita. £4.75+