To start this year’s Christmas festivities, we (me, my dad, Sue and Sue’s daughter Helen) had dinner at the Ramside Hotel last night. Though I wasn’t able to enjoy it 100% as Vanna wasn’t with us like planned, it was still a very good evening. Great company, great atmosphere…great wine (4 glasses of it!). Oh, and the food wasn’t too bad either.
What did we have? Well, read on and find out!
Me: Chickpea, Chorizo and Rocket Salad with Balsamic Vinegar. I’ve always been wary of balsamic vinegar after Vanna had a bad experience with it one time (she now refuses to go to Frankie’s and Bennie’s…), but it as really nice. It all combined beautifully, and was by far my favourite dish. I would happily eat it again.
Dad: Cream of Vegetable Soup. Very filling, very tasty. My dad liked it. What else can I say? It was soup.
Sue (and Helen): The ladies both went for a Crab starter. I gather it was very light and very delicious.
Me: Thai Green Curry with White Rice. I’ve never had it before, so I thought I’d give it a go and it was…it was okay. Nice enough, but nothing special. Chicken was a little chewy and dry, and the rice was rather bland (even for rice it was bland). Glad I tried it, but I was a little disappointed.
Dad: Grilled Halibut with Vegetables. He really enjoyed it. His favourite meal. Halibut looked lovely, and I’m not a big fan of grilled fish.
Sue: Posh Fish and Chips. My second choice, and it looked delicious. The batter on the halibut was thin and crispy (not greasy or soggy) and the chips were good and thick. Sue’s favourite course, and the best fish and chips she has ever had. I wanted it.
Helen: Sirloin Steak with Noodles and Rice. I can’t remember the spices (chili?) and I didn’t get a good look of it thanks to the Christmas tree in the middle of the table, but Helen gave it the thumbs up. A carb overload with the noodles and rice, but her favourite meal. So another happy eater…only yours truly was let down by the main.
Me (and my Dad): We went for Caramelized Pears, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Ice Cream and Flaked Almonds. It was good. I even ate the almonds, and I hate almonds on desserts (they always put them on trifles…urgh). The pear was a devil to cut up though (we only had a spoon) but a nice way to finish the meal. Did I regret not going for the Knickerbocker Glory? Nope.
…okay, I did. Pear was tasty, but I bet a tower of ice cream would have been even better.
Sue: Banoffie (spelling?) Pie. I thought it looked tasty. Sue agreed.
Helen: Raspberry and Pistachio Creme Brulee. I’m not a fan of Creme Brulee, but I was envious of Helen’s choice. Probably the best pudding out of the 3.
And that was our dinner at Ramside Hall. I regret my choices to an extent, but the dishes I had were still very good. It was all enjoyable and I’m glad we went. Yes, it would have been better with Vanna, but that’s life. Regardless, I’d go again, and I’d definitely recommend Ramside Hall to someone else.
…Hey you, here’s a link to their website.
Right, I best go for dinner. Only home cooking, but I’m sure it’ll be just as tasty as my meal yesterday. Less than 3 days until Christmas, and more importantly, Vanna’s new arrival date!