Breakfasts are legendary, unusual and lavishly served. Madame Carnot has just-cooked beef meatballs served on a soft bed of both hummus and tahini, with grilled aubergines piled beside subtly spiced chickpeas. The breakfast dishes between from Mexican to English and Greek. The fine omelettes and scones bring diners back. Everything is homemade and tastes like it.
Light meals could be generous sandwiches on delicious breads or fabulously stuffed wraps. There are also salads, hot and cold, piled with delicious relevance rather than fronds. Starters for main meals can easily be had from the salads on the menu or the pastas, most of which are homemade. The Old Country Charm refers to Morocco, which is the inspiration and home of one of the owners. The menu features the Moroccan version of a Napolitana beef sauce on pappardelle with garden-fresh peas and truffle oil, but all the options are yummy. Here is the place to find two very good vegetarian burgers.
Main courses play feature steaks, chicken and duck ingredients, The accompaniments are sometimes even more delicious, though, like Lord Don: a chicken schnitzel with the most wonderfully warm, homely tangle of onions, peas and shoestring fries.
Desserts are full of such fun. There’s the Seven Sisters, a very rich choc chip sandwich enclosing nougat chop-chip cookie ice cream. The homemade ice creams are also a big feature here.
There’s something for everyone on the wine and beers list but the iced teas and cocktails take the cake, using fresh fruits, balsamic and herbs with different alcohol bases.
The service is very pleasing in a good-natured way.
It’s lovely outside among the roses or inside, viewing them from behind glass. The staff wear muted uniforms that seem to emphasise the floral prettiness of the place.
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