Wild Garlic Restaurant Beaminster

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Date: 15th September 2011

Ann and Henry very kindly took me out to dinner at the Wild Garlic Restaurant in Beaminster. The owner and chef - Mat Follas was an amateur who won Masterchef and has had a huge success with his lovely restaurant.

The setting was simple and very much to my taste as was the menu. I can’t bear it when one is handed a great tome and by the time your’ve reached the last page you’ve forgotten what was on offer at the beginning - not to mention the fact that with such a huge list on offer, it simply cannot be fresh.

Mat’s menu is simple and contained on one page with something for everyone whether you are a carnivore, a fish eater or a veggie.

My friends dine there quite often and know Mat to whom they introduced me so we had a little chat and then he showed me the kitchen which is ‘tiny’. When I worked in kitchens for Celebrity Masterchef and also for Children in Need, I gained a very healthy respect for chefs everywhere and how they keep the whole operation running. When you think that a table for four might ask for main courses which could take anything from five minutes to twenty in the final cooking phase and how they get presented with their meals at the same time, to me it’s little short of miraculous. I’d be in a total pickle after table No. 2.

Mat treated us to a glass of sparkling wine with some sort of infusion of lavender and other delights - I must see if he’d give me the ingredients.

We had a super evening - so thank you Mat and also the lovely waitress who was with you for the first time and was highly entertaining.

Photo taken by Henry on his mobile phone - yours truly and Mat.


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