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Everyone has a dream list of places they need to experience at some point. Including places like Dinner, Hix, The Ledbury etc. Well Pollen Street Social is probably on there too. And so my family decided to go for a birthday celebration.

After hearing about the place so much, I had no idea what to expect. Bright, light and vaguely corporate. The food isn’t simple but you still know what you’re eating and every bite was delectable. And shock horror, I am actually going to tell you what I had. To start, the soft hen’s egg, parsley, garlic puree, smoked haddock brandade, watercress and crispy bacon. Then the Cornish seabass & red mullet, bouilabaisse, fennel, cuttlefish and saffron potato. Heaven.

I met Matthew Fort at an event and he said the reason people return to a restaurant is for ‘service’. So if you’re looking for service, this is exactly the place you should go. Our waiters were attentive, helpful, enthusiastic.

It isn’t cheap but the food was spectacular and I felt like it was worth every penny.

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