On Saturday evening, I met my good friend Siobhan for dinner at Little Tap on Tarporley High Street, Cheshire. We walked through the door at 7.30pm and the place was bustling. Boasting a great selection of craft beers (which are regularly changed) as well as gins and wine, it’s no wonder this is a popular place for people to come and eat and drink. The exposed brick, filament light bulbs, wooden crates used as shelves and cool prints give this place a quirky, trendy vibe yet somewhere you feel quite at home.
We had a table reserved for us in the bar and we were served by friendly and enthusiastic staff all evening. This was my second visit to the restaurant with my last trip being late last year. With us now in full blown spring, we were presented with fresh new menu featuring an impressive range of seasonal dishes. The menu is made up of small plates and sides. I love this sort of dining especially as I always have trouble deciding what I want on a menu, so the idea of being able to have multiple dishes without looking greedy is a winner! I could have ordered the whole lot, everything sounded wonderful. Siobhan lives locally and this is one of her favourite places to eat. She has sampled most of the dishes on previous visits with family and friends and was able to advise me on her favourites. Between us we picked 8 dishes which filled us up nicely and still allowed room for dessert.
Our selection was:
- Lamb rump from the specials board served with wild garlic and peas with caper jus.
- Halloumi covered in poppy seeds served with a lime yogurt dip.
- One pot chicken gumbo, which had a beautiful kick to it and was served with crusty bread for dunking.
- Black pepper chicken with Asian stir fry which I have to say I think was my favourite (closely followed by the lamb).
- Seared tuna niçoise salad.
- Duck breast with baked spring onion and crispy shallots.
- Kale with wild rice and chilli.
- Lime and fennel roasted potatoes.
It was all absolutely delicious and everything was cooked to perfection. We were both sold by the waiters recommendation of the special’s dessert – milk stout panna cotta with coffee and walnut granola. I’m a big fan of panna cotta and the milk stout flavour really intrigued me so I just had to give it a go. We weren’t disappointed, it was so creamy and refreshing with the subtle taste of stout. This paired with the toasted, coffee flavoured granola was fantastic.
Overall I was very impressed. The original and inventive dishes paired with the exciting selection of drinks leaves me filled with anticipation for what they will add to the menu next. This is certainly a place to visit if you enjoy seasonal, locally sourced food in a friendly and lively environment. I can’t wait to call in again soon.