Restaurant review - The Grill on the Edge, Alderley Edge
A Cheshire institution, the Grill on the Edge delivers on taste and atmosphere
The Grill on the Edge has a new menu which was enough of an excuse for me to pop along with Cheshire Life editor Louise Taylor for a taste of the summer.
Love this restaurant. It has a smart contemporary interior of warm expensive looking wooden flooring and wall panels, offset with luxurious red leather seating and an equally chic clientele, plus the menu caters for those who don't want over complicated dishes. It's the sort of place to go for an occasion but where you could equally dine every night. In other words the perfect neighbourhood restaurant.
We went on a Friday night and it proved exactly the right place to kick-off a weekend of fun. With a glass of champagne in hand we browsed a menu filled with delights. It's a meat eaters paradise of course and if you're feeling hungry you can indulge in a massive piece of Rib-Eye or Sirloin for £30 a pop from the Best of British menu or eat Wagyu Fillet with home cut chips.
But unlike some menus where you haven't got a clue what's going on (usual suspects: foams and smears) you know exactly what you're getting. Gloucester Old Spot Bangers and Mash, Pork Belly, Steak Sandwich. If Desperate Dan from the Dandy comic had opened a restaurant then this might have been it.
In the end, neither of us had a big manly cut of meat. We drank Picpoul De Pinet Gerard Bertrand Languedoc-Rous and I had asparagus as a starter because I love the way it reminds me of summer and we've not really got much of that left. It was fat, juicy and buttery. Louise had a variation on this - Asparagus soup, creamy, fresh and rich and for seconds a beautifully grilled Whole Dover Sole with parsley and lemon nut brown butter . My main was a mushroom, leek, confit garlic and cobnut tart off the starter menu with green beans and house salad.
There's always room for dessert and I tried the Summer Berry Pavlova which is silly because I've not got a sweet tooth and meringue is made from sugar so I had "pudding envy" as Louise tucked into a delicious Black Forest trifle of cherries chocolate and cream.
It was delicious though. Honestly, this is the kind of food you think is easy to cook yourself but actually when you get down to doing it you find it isn't as simple as it at first seems. So my advice, don't bother! Head over to the Grill on the Edge and they'll do it all for you and do it very well indeed.
The Grill on the Edge
46 London Rd, Alderley Edge, Cheshire SK9 7DZ
Solid, honest and simple proper food. Job done.
We focus on no nonsense food; specialising in wholesome ingredients, mixing distinctive textures and flavours that just work together, offering a mix of innovative dishes with comfortable favourites.