Dining out: Twelve - Marsh Mill Village, Thornton

Twelve restaurant, Marsh Mill Village, Thornton
Twelve restaurant, Marsh Mill Village, Thornton

So £3.50 for six chips (that’s 58p per one if you’re wondering) may seem a tad on the extravagant side - but these aren’t just any old chips.

In fact, a visit to Twelve in Thornton is not just a matter of eating a meal, it’s more of a dining experience.

The fine dining restaurant has been impressing guests since 2000, and continues to do so.

My husband and I were welcomed with beaming smiles from the staff as soon as we arrived.

We enjoyed canapés of homemade crisps and truffle cream cheese in the relaxing lounge bar before being showed to our table.

There is plenty to tempt diners on the a la carte but we opted for the seasonal menu which was great value at £17.50 for two delicious courses and a glass of Merlot.

To tease our tastebuds we were treated to a choice of homemade bread - caramelised onion or olive. Or, in our case, a bit of both!

The starters arrived promptly and were beautifully presented.

The mulled wine and chicken liver parfait with a fruit chutney and toast got the thumbs up from my husband while my choice of the cod and haddock fish cake with alioli and salsa verde was cooked to perfection.

Onto the main courses, both served with a dish of side vegetables - beef steak with herb seasoned dumpling, glazed root vegetables and rich, sweet gravy and chicken wrapped in bacon with mushrooms, creamy mashed potato and a light velouté.

My elegant main course was delicate yet packed with flavour.

And while the beef dish was tender, it lacked some seasoning and the gravy didn’t quite go far enough. But the friendly waitress took no time at all in bringing an extra jug to our table.

Now back to those thick cut chips - crispy on the outside yet fluffy inside. Granted you’re not going to want to spend that much on chips every day, but they were worth every penny as a treat.

Although the two courses were perfectly filling, there was an option to add a dessert for a few extra pounds.

The scrumptious apple crumble arrived in a lovely silver pan with an apple crisp on top and my ‘brownie mess’ just melted in my mouth.

And as I was designated driver for the night (in exchange for one of my husband’s share of the chips - a good deal in my eyes), he washed the meal down with a digestif - bringing the total bill to £54. A decent price for a stunning meal.

GAZETTE RATING: 9/10