WE LOVE SUNDAYS at The Wild Goose Restaurant, Dodleston, Chester

For someone who spent about 20 years working in the hospitality industry, Sundays are now sacred to me. Previously, I spent every Sunday either working over lunch or recovering from a 16-hour shift the day before.

Now I am finally a grown-up (!!) – I can honestly say that my weekends spent with friends and family either with an itinerary, or with absolutely no plans at all – are indeed heavenly – and I never, ever take them for granted.

Therefore – where we choose to have Sunday lunch is a very important decision, and I have wanted to try the Sunday Lunch Experience at the Wild Goose for a while now.

So we booked in, and arrived just as the Frank Sinatra tribute act was warming up. ‘Rene’ was the perfect accompaniment to our Sunday Lunch last Sunday. He was a really good singer – it wasn’t too loud and not at all intrusive. It was pretty perfect really – and I know that there is a performer booked every Sunday from 2pm.

Onto the food. Mr M opted for the Halloumi fries to start, and they arrived perfectly crispy on the outside and deliciously gooey on the inside, the accompanying pesto dip was really good too. I had the stuffed mushrooms with garlic, breadcrumbs and parmesan, which were also really tasty – I thoroughly enjoyed them. Our Roasts were equally as pleasing. I had the lamb shank with all of the usual accompaniments – which I thought was a really good idea, as a lamb roast is difficult to serve perfectly pink and moist over an all-day service. The shank was delicious, with no fat at all, and it just fell of the bone. The veg was crunchy and fresh (don’t know about you, but I can’t bare overcooked veg) and the gravy was thick and shiny. The potatoes were fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside and who doesn’t love a proper home-made Yorkshire pudding? Mr M’s roast beef was also very good.

But the dessert was the real hero! Avocado chocolate mousse with fresh strawberries topping. Really didn’t know what to expect with this, but the texture was super-creamy and it tasted as unusual as it did delicious!

Our lovely Sunday Lunch was washed down very nicely with a couple of glasses of good quality Merlot and made all the better for the great entertainment.

We felt that the Sunday Roast is very good value at £14.95 (extra courses as per menu prices). See their website for the Little Goslings menu – plus the Tuesday to Friday set menu (again, very good value at £14.95 for 2 courses from noon to 5pm), the Sunday Lunch menu and their Valentines menu.

Thank you to the team at The Wild Goose Restaurant – we will be back very soon.