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Tucked around the corner from the buzz of Exmouth Market, The Quality Chop House is a historic dining room that reopened last year and has been beautifully restored (within the constraints of its Grade II listing) with Will Lander and Josie Stead at the helm. The bistro style dining room complete with checkerboard floors and dark panelling, is a cosy hideaway especially during the winter months.
The wine list has been curated by Will, who despite his outstanding genetic wine credentials, has really come into his own. The most recent addition is his new ‘one-off list’, a unique selection of wine sourced from auctions and collectors comprising 20 wines from seven different countries that gives punters the chance to try something really special. Wondering what to drink with your boozy lunch? Given the meat-centric menu, we’d head straight for the reds. By the glass there’s a vibrant Tempranillo, £6, a good all-rounder that won’t go to your head once back in the office. There’s also a bright Chablis, £10, if you’re not in the mood for red.
The menu changes daily depending on what’s delivered that morning, however at lunch, there’s always a bargain ‘Chop and a Glass’ for £15. Expect real winter warmers, with starters such as devilled offal on toast, £7.50, or mallard with girolles and a mouth-watering liver parfait, £8. The main courses range from similarly hearty dishes such as Denham venison, salsify, celeriac and carrot, £18, to lighter monkfish with fennel, lemon and sea vegetables, £18.50.
On olive’s visit there was a treacle tart flavoured ice-cream, which we hope will be making a comeback soon, although you could also satisfy your sweet tooth with a lovely glass of Château Sisquelle, £8.