Carrickfergus Sailing Club

The indomitable members of CSC BDDS (ballroom dancing debating society) block booked the largest table available for the Valentines Dinner on Saturday 13tn.

It’s the first time that we have eaten there since Liberty Catering, in the guise of Phil McCleery, took over the kitchens. Fortified with a couple of pre prandial Bombay and tonics we took our places for the feast (due to the organisational acumen of our retired master class instructor, Linden Graham, we had pre-booked our menus).

The soup, chicken, celery and spring onion arrived hot, a plus to start with, and was really tasty,  reports on the stuffed garlic mushrooms and Caesar Salad offered no cause for concern.

For main course I had opted for the Medallions of Pork with Onion rings, rosemary gravy and tangy apple sauce.  This came served on a bed of mashed potato.  The gravy was rich, the onion rings crisp and the pork well done.  The vegetables, which came a little late were plentiful and well cooked.  Josephine had taken the baked salmon with tiger prawns and Hollandaise sauce.  Her only complaint was that the crust was cremated! We washed this down with a very acceptable Australian Merlot.

For sweet I took the chocolate mousse with mango coulis and fresh cream.  The mousse was light and chocolatey but I was not particularly impressed by the mango sauce which I, personally found a little overpowering. The whole meal was rounded off with a choice of complimentary Irish or Baileys coffee.  With a price tag of £32 a couple including service one would have to be niggardly to complain.

Unfortunately the disco was not up to the standard of the food, but true to form our group managed to solve the problems of the world before our taxis whisked us away into the night.  Great evening!

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