Celebrities seem to be turning their hands to all manner of things recently. From Kylie Cosmetics and Ivy Park, some celebrities are really kicking it out of the park providing us with amazing brands to rival those already available on the market. Something I wasn’t expecting from a celebrity is a restaurant, but that’s what former Hollyoaks star Rob Norbury has done, and in his hometown no less. Rob spent three years on the Hollyoaks set playing Riley Costello but has turned his hand to a new venture, welcome Muse.
The restaurant and bar stretches across more than one building with a beautiful glass dining area next to outdoor seating which will be perfect for the summer. The building encompasses ‘pub bistro’ whilst the glass dining area adds a touch of class to the dining experience.
I’m not entirely sure what the menu is trying to be as there is a real mix of cooking themes and styles. That said, it does cater for everyone with flatbreads and salads, a hefty vegetarian offering as well as traditional mains and steaks.
Having already looked at the menu before my visit, I knew the Cheese Croquettes were for me, and they didn’t disappoint. Gooey cheese coated in a crispy shell served with rich charred chorizo topped with thin yet crispy onion rings. The individual elements of the dish worked so well together and it was the perfect starter for me.
My friend chose the Tempura Soft Shell Crab which features tender crab in a light batter, served with beautifully light Asian flavours of ginger and sweet chilli. It could be so heavy but they have managed to make it a light and quirky starter which lines the stomach ready for the starter, rather than overshadowing it.
I decided to stay light with the Chargrilled Lamb Chops and they were totally the right choice. Lightly chargrilled, the meat was still pink and soft served on a bed of quinoa with seeds, broccoli and avocado. It was perfectly summery and deliciously healthy. The side of Cornish new potatoes weren’t really needed but I am so glad they were there. It is the perfect time of year for them and they were full of flavour and really brought to life by a good twist of salt.
My friend chose the Mixed Grill Skewers which were beautifully served on a piegatta bread with roasted vegetables. The little sausages were full of flavour with the other meats cooked well. The sriracha mayonnaise added a touch of heat to the, like my main, healthy dish. Once again, the perfect summer offering.
Despite being really full we couldn’t leave without trying the desserts and my friend was quick to choose the Warm Chocolate Sponge which is small, but perfectly formed. Very rich, you wouldn’t want anymore than what is on the plate making it good for a chocolatey ending.
I chose the Knickerbocker Glory and the child in me was a little disappointed that it didn’t have the sparkler promised on the menu. The dessert was also a bit boring, ice cream with sauce and sprinkles with a wafer. The ice cream was good and fresh but I would have liked to see some sort of fruit layered with it like the other knickerbocker glory’s I have tried.
I really enjoyed Muse and it is a real gem in the small village of Uppermill. Not far from Dovestones, it is the perfect destination after a long walk around the lake. I can’t wait to see their winter menu, they nailed summer!
I was invited to dine at Muse as a guest.