I have to admit I have a soft spot for Grill on the Alley. When asked to arrange the work Christmas do, it was one of the first places I thought of and where we ended up in the middle of December drinking far too much prosecco. I have reviewed it before, but this time I was back to take on their new Sunday lunch menu.
More about the Sunday lunch later, we kicked things off with some starters – Bang Bang Chicken Skewers for me and Piri Piri Calamari for him. The chicken was lovely and soft served with a lightly spiced peanut sauce for dipping. It is one of those dishes that could keep coming and I would happily keep clearing the plate, perhaps a little too moreish! The peri peri calamari was also good, the calamari fresh and with no toughness, although I would have liked more spice with it being called peri peri. That or a stickier dressing type sauce. Either way, it was pleasant and something I would order again.
The Sunday lunch offering at Grill on the Alley has always been good but they have now added a Sharing Beef Board. The English Longbone Tomahawk is cooked to your liking and served with the fluffiest roast potatoes, generous sides of buttered cabbage as well as carrot and swede mash. The Yorkshires are fresh and huge with a delightful crunch, all ready to be doused in a generous helping of gravy. There’s plenty to go around and we were stuffed! The beef is beautiful and really does melt in the mouth. A definite must have.
Being so full I could only manage a liquid dessert and that was in the form of the Blackhouse Espresso Martini which adds tonka bean to a classic recipe as well as Frangelico for added nuttiness and a creamier drink, perfect for dessert if you are too full for much else.
Service is always impeccable at Grill on the Alley and I am seriously considering my next Christmas do there, not before some more Sunday lunches though eh?
I was invited to dine as a guest of Grill on the Alley and was not asked to pay.