Laid back and lux­u­ri­ous

Vic­tors is Alder­ley Edge’s new hot spot with a win­ning com­bi­na­tion of glam­orous decor and all- day din­ing Cheshire Life: Jan­uary 2019 Cheshire Life: Jan­uary 2019

Cheshire Life - - Food & Drink -

Vic­tors has been a din­ing hot spot in Hale for a cou­ple of years now but has just made its de­but in Alder­ley Edge on the old site of the Al­chemist and it looks like re­peat­ing the suc­cess of its ‘big sis­ter’.

It is just so per­fect for Alder­ley Edge with its win­ning com­bi­na­tion of Hamp­tons style chic and all-day din­ing menu, plus a large help­ing of glam­our.

I so wanted to rock up for one of those lin­ger­ing Satur­day lunches you might have if you were din­ing with af­flu­ent friends on Long Is­land but guess what? They’re booked for sev­eral week­ends to come, so we went along on a dark win­tery Wed­nes­day night and I am happy to re­port that we didn’t feel we were miss­ing out as the place was buzzing.

We hit the bar and im­me­di­ately bumped into our favourite TV pre­sen­ter Michelle Ack­er­ley who was cel­e­brat­ing her gor­geous

mum Mavis’s birth­day with a glass or two of fizz. I’m not say­ing it’s a haunt of the rich and fa­mous but if you do fancy do­ing a lit­tle bit of celeb spot­ting this could be the place for you!

Chat­ting at the glit­ter­ing bar while sip­ping a glass of Veuve Clic­quot Yel­low La­bel Brut, NV, £12, is surely one of life’s plea­sures and great care has been taken over the fan­tas­tic cock­tail list and wine menu. From the lat­ter we or­dered a lively, clean tast­ing bot­tle of Mâ­con-vil­lages, Louis Jadot, Bur­gundy, France, £39, when we fi­nally dragged our­selves to our ta­ble.

In keep­ing with its laid back Hamp­tons vibe is the menu, an eclec­tic mix that in­cludes Sushi rolls and modern Sashimi, pasta and small piz­zas as well as steaks from the char­grill. We or­dered from the fash­ion­able small plate se­lec­tions, which ar­rive as and when they are freshly pre­pared, and kicked off with at­trac­tive plates of sushi filled with soft shell crab served with a hit of spicy cock­tail sauce and crispy duck sushi beau­ti­fully com­pli­mented by a sweet plum sauce and or­ange dress­ing, £7.50 each.

Mush­room cro­quettes, £9, had a pow­er­ful hit of mush­room and truf­fle and the cheese beignets, £6, were like crispy panko coated cheese ‘bombs’ ex­plod­ing cream­ily in the mouth.

Lamb cut­lets, cooked in a Korean style BBQ sauce and the margherita pizzetta, £8, were real crowd-pleasers.

Alas! They had sold out of the shar­ing plat­ter of desserts so we tasted each other’s. Mine was the Vic­tors Gar­den, an ex­ceed­ingly in­dul­gent and very sweet dark choco­late tart, with vanilla and yuzu crème, com­plete with choco­late ‘soil’ £7.50 and my guest’s was an ir­re­sistible choco­late fon­dant, ooz­ing an unc­tu­ous cen­tre and paired with poached kumquats, co­conut and roasted al­mond ice cream, £7.50.

Men­tion too must be made of the stun­ning decor. The wall cov­er­ing in the restau­rant is a work of art. Wis­te­ria hangs from the roof giv­ing it an in­door gar­den feel. Plus, some­one has worked mir­a­cles in the loos with the light­ing; when I looked in the mir­ror I’d lost about 30 years. How could I not love the place? Vic­tors, 46 Lon­don Road, Alder­ley Edge, SK9 7DZ. Tel: 01625 447227 vic­

‘Care has been taken over the fan­tas­tic cock­tail list and wine menu’ eatcheshir­e

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