Have you ever had a meal that was so perfect it’s almost impossible to describe and feel you’re doing it justice? Then you will understand how much I love the food at Russell’s Restaurant in the delightful Cotswold town of Broadway. Having eaten there several times, and always been overwhelmed, I thought it was time to give my review of Russell’s Restaurant in Broadway.
Having expressed the difficulty of describing the incredible food at Russell’s I’m going to give it a go. Otherwise this wouldn’t be a very interesting review, would it? :o)
We visited on a busy Saturday night but were greeted and seated quickly at a lovely table by the window. We perused the menu with a tipple; a crisp white white and G&T. They serve a range of locally produced spirits including 6’o’Clock gin.
The menu is inventive yet doesn’t stray into being pretentious or overly fussy. On my visit, after great deliberation I opted for quail starter with Lighthorne lamb for main. My husband chose hand-dived scallops followed by Serrano wrapped pork tenderloin.
The starters arrived quickly and were beautifully presented. I haven’t had quail for such a long time, and after this fantastic starter I can’t believe what I’ve been missing out on. I loved that there were three different elements to the dish; pan roasted breast, confit leg and fois gras mousse, all served with poached rhubarb. It was such a pleasure to discover these different ways of preparing and cooking quail, I felt that I was on quite the journey of food exploration.
The scallops were cooked to perfection and were complimented by their accompaniments including a shellfish foam.
Main courses and desserts
The tenderloin was the star of the show alongside other pork variants to try. This included a sausage roll – yes a sausage roll! But don’t misunderstand, this was not your average sausage roll that you find in the supermarket. It was flavourful, rich and most likely the best sausage roll in the world.
Over on my plate, my lamb was heavenly. It was beautifully cooked and still pink, which is just how I like it. I can’t recall everything it came with, but the flavours and tastes all worked together in perfect harmony.
We were too full to really justify dessert, but we pushed ourselves anyway. I tucked into a light and airy passion fruit soufflé, which I found sweet but not sickly. The texture of the passion fruit combined with the fluffy soufflé was divine.
As well as the outstanding food, the service is attentive, the ambience is delightful and the wine list offers something for everyone.
The overall bill was above £100, but I felt this was more than justifiable for the quality of the food and the exceptional dining experience offered by Russell’s. So it’s certainly one of the more expensive places to eat in the Cotswolds, but for a special occasion or when you feel like splashing out, it would be my first choice every time.