Duck in for the food and views

KATHER­INE CLE­MEN­TINE eats at Prezzo, 36-38, High Street, Ruis­lip HA4 7AR Tel 020 8966 9916

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

HAV­ING pre­vi­ously en­joyed sum­mer evenings at The Duck House in Ruis­lip High Street, and hav­ing never once stepped foot in a Prezzo chain restau­rant, I was in­trigued to see how the two com­bined would turn out.

Prezzo took over the fam­ily-run pub be­fore Christ­mas and opened the doors on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 6.

In the mean­time the in­te­ri­ors have been re­touched, and sub­tle Prezzo brand­ing adorns the quaint ex­te­rior.

It’s hard to fault the am­biance of a listed build­ing, with re­claimed oak church pews for seat­ing, rus­tic wall light­ing and orig­i­nal beams, dat­ing back cen­turies.

Prezzo’s mod­erni­sa­tion pro­vides a cosy re­treat for win­ter com­fort whilst their con­ser­va­tory seat­ing over­look­ing the duck pond will surely be a sum­mer hit.

The warm in­te­rior com­fort­ably de­tracts from the fact the restau­rant is si­t­u­ated di­rectly on a busy round­about and pro­vides a re­laxed at­mos­phere suit­able for fam­i­lies with chil­dren and din­ers of all ages.

Ser­vice was warm, friendly and at­ten­tive through­out our meal.

Ev­ery good Ital­ian meal should con­tain wine and olives, so my part­ner, Tom, and I be­gan with mar­i­nated olives (£3.25) and or­dered a bot­tle of fruity Si­cil­ian Viog­nier at £19.95.

Tom had slight food envy as I tucked into Ital­ian sta­ple, br­uschetta at £5.25 with bur­rata moz­zarella melted over the top for an ad­di­tional 60p, and fresh, sweet toma­toes.

He opted for crab cakes with gar­lic may­on­naise, (£6.10) de­scrib­ing them as “al­though well-cooked were un­der­whelm­ing with no par­tic­u­lar flavour of crab or ev­i­dence of sea­son­ing”.

Ruis­lip’s Prezzo of­fers a Win­ter Spe­cials Menu, and as­sis­tant man­ager Sami rec­om­mended I try the gnoc­chi with ri­cotta, spinach, wal­nuts and fontal cheese, (£11.95) which paired beau­ti­fully with our cho­sen wine. A true win­ter com­fort dish with an in­di­vid­ual twist and highly rec­om­mended for veg­e­tar­i­ans es­pe­cially.

Tom, a staunch meat lover, had high hopes for ‘new recipe’ roasted pork belly, (£14.45) served with green beans, mush­rooms, broc­coli and marsala wine sauce and gar­lic and rose­mary mashed potato.

The pork was well-sea­soned but burnt on the bot­tom and served with over­cooked veg­eta­bles.

The marsala sauce had been un­der heat for too long and had formed a skin. He did how­ever, praise the gen­er­ous por­tion of mash as “rich, but­tery and well-herbed”.

The fi­nal course was the high­light of the evening for both of us.

Feel­ing full af­ter my rich main course, I chose to try two dif­fer­ent scoops of the gelato by Gelupo se­lec­tion at £4.25. My choco­late mar­malade and cherry sor­bet com­bi­na­tion was sub­lime and I was pleas­antly sur­prised to try a com­pletely new flavour at a chain restau­rant.

Putting it bluntly, Tom de­voured his heav­enly choco­late hazel­nut cheese­cake (£5.95) com­ment­ing that it was “pretty much per­fect”.

This par­tic­u­lar Prezzo of­fers a com­fort­able re­treat for guests of all ages at af­ford­able prices all year round sur­pass­ing the ma­jor­ity of chain restau­rants for both its set­ting and food.

n AM­BI­ENT: The restau­rant has care­fully con­verted from the listed Duck Inn

n MAIN DISHES: The gnoc­chi with wal­nuts (above) and pork belly roast

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