Walking in, I was hit by the airy feel, noticing immediately the high ceiling, and felt as if I had been transported to the seaside. In fact, I was at Lussmanns in Tring, a fish and grill restaurant. Although it was lunchtime, there were still plenty of people in the restaurant. Despite this, we were greeted promptly and ushered to a spacious table, with a lovely view of three Rothschild paintings – the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc while perusing the menu.
Being in a fish restaurant, I felt I ought to sample their speciality, so I began with the cod cheeks. These were served in a pan, almost like a stir fry, still steaming. The taste certainly lived up to the presentation. The fish was flaky, and the hint of chilli complemented it well. While I was completely consumed in my own starter, my partner was equally enjoying his pork and duck rillette. Again, it was presented neatly, and the flavours worked well together.
At this point, I was already sold on Lussmanns and couldn’t wait to find out what was in store for us with the main course. I’d chosen the hake, which came with a cold potato cake, which was mixed with cucumber and crab. The hake was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth and the potato cake accompanied it very well. The paella my partner ordered, with added chorizo, arrived looking incredibly appetising and tasted as good as it looked. After the plates were cleared, the table was actually warm where the paella had been, which demonstrated how quickly it arrived from the kitchen and how well cooked it was. We both thoroughly enjoyed our main courses and were rather full by this point but couldn’t resist having a look at the dessert menu.
Having a very sweet tooth, I always look forward to dessert, and this meal was no exception. I choose the dark chocolate mousse with honeycomb crumb. The smoothness of the mousse with the crunchy honeycomb created an interesting texture and was perfectly sweet without being sickly. My partner settled on the lemon and ginger posset, which I obviously had to taste as well, and I can confirm it was great. Both desserts rounded off the fantastic meal perfectly.
The waiting staff were attentive and friendly throughout the meal, regularly topping up our water glasses and offered helpful suggestions.
ussmanns is proud of its sustainability and aims to prove that it is possible to be both ethical and profitable. They aim to source as much of their produce from the UK as they can and are founding members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association. They weave their ethical beliefs seamlessly into their restaurants without being overtly preachy, but it does add a nice extra touch to the company. Lussmanns has a chain of restaurants, most locally in Tring and St Albans.