I had a random weekday off work recently, there’s something delightfully naughty about not going to work when everyone else is. I took advantage by planning in a leisurely lunch, booking a table for three at a resturant before setting off for a trip arount the Herbert Art Gallery.
The Herbert is undergoing some major improvements with a beautiful new extension and a striking set of ironworks outside connecting the city with its pre-blitz history. The Gallery however wasn’t undergoing renovations but had closed its restaurant without mentioning it at booking. We ate in the ‘Bistro’ – that’s the bar – with a restricted pub menu. Having looked forward to a slap-up lunch I was disappointed.
I needn’t have been, the food was good – freshly made with good ingredients – and reasonably priced. We had a bottle of Chilean Sierra Grande Sauvignon Blanc 2007 to go with it. It was crisp and fresh, with a smell of grapefruit and grass. One flavour proved difficult to identify, some sort of vegetable, maybe tinned, or boiled. We settled on asparagus, but perhaps with some residual yeast. The wine was good, the company was good, the weather was good. A perfect day off.