For our birthday this year we treated ourselves to a Michelin Star four course meal with wine at Restaurant Tristan; a fine dining venue based in a 15th century building in East Street, Horsham.
Booking well in advance, we chose the four course summer menu, full of fresh and luxurious ingredients and flavours. As we were seated by the window and tucked into sourdough bread and stinging nettle butter with volcanic salt, we knew we were going to have a memorable afternoon.
Adventure in taste
The best part. of course, was the food, full of indulgence and new tastes. I opted for the following set meals;
- Quail/king prawn/carrot & sichuan
- Suckling pig/peas/truffle
- Apricot souffle/ginger/verjus/pistachio
Whereas Will tried the snails on offer!
Before the first course, we were served a cauliflower terrine alongside the bread selection. All the food was dramatic and well presented, perhaps even with a colour theme. Scallops are one of my favourite foods and they were cooked perfectly, but it was the lamb course that offered some new flavours and a great balance of richness.
It was clear everything was very fresh and the apricot souffle to finish (or so we thought) was incredible. As it came with toppings there were a few textures to savour and it was a fairly light desert to pair well with the previous dishes.
When you have a meal in Tristan’s you also enjoy the 15th century ‘setting’. The building has exposed beams and the main restaurant is upstairs, meaning you’re ushered to your table as you arrive. Sat down, the lighting adds a lot of warmth to the space and since the refurbishment after the fire in 2015, it looks a touch more modern and fresh.
We had a great experience with the waiter who took the time to chat with us and even explained our wine choice, although I can’t remember what he said! Throughout the meal he kept the table neat and tidy, which I appreciated more than most.
Lucky enough to live within ten minutes of Tristan’s, this was only my second time visiting as it’s a nice spot to leave for special occasions. The price for this menu was £45.00 each with an additional cost of around £30.00 for a bottle of red wine.
Ideal to save for a special occasion, it’s probably the best restaurant in Horsham to spend an entire afternoon. I think we were in there for about three hours overall and didn’t once feel rushed.
They even saved the best ’til last. After our meals we ordered a coffee and the waiter delivered it alongside an intricate metal box. As he opened the lid to reveal the unexpected sweet treats inside, he gestured and said, “because good things should never end”.
Safe to say that after all that food we had a very relaxed evening. Although we did manage to stop by The Anchor Tap and then the Anchor for some cheeky birthday cheers…