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★★☆☆☆

“Shoots for the moon and falls miserably short.”

Written on: 27/06/2011

Firstly, The Riverside Restaurant Blackwood - also konwn as the Rock and Fountain -offers 4 courses for £25. This is for starter, main and dessert with a coffee. Coffee is not in my opinion a course - that would be a fish course or cheese - so it is in effect £25 for just three courses.

The restaurant is clean, tidy, modern and soulless. The leatherette chairs are extremely uncomfortable especially if you are shorter as you keep sliding down in them!

Starters I tried were haddock fishcake - it was just ok. Distinctly under seasoned and no trace of the spring onion it was said to contain. Also tried the ham hock terrine - it was not a terrine and the chef achieved the distinction on managing to remove any flavour from the ham. All that could be tasted was raw onion. The bread accompanying it was not enough - one tiny stale slice.

Mains were sea bass on rissotto - the risotto was excellent and the fish a good portion size but skin was not crisp and the butter so cold it did not melt on fish.

The pork tenderloin was tiny - cut into 4 slices - and was ok. Along with the cider fondant potato it didn't really taste of much. The sauce that accompanied it was nice though.

For dessert we had the white chocolate and blueberry cheesecake which again did not taste of any of the listed ingredients and also contained large globs of undissolved gelatine!!! This was drawn to the waitress' attention who merely commented that they had a problem with that!!!!

We also had the apricot and frangipan tart with ice cream - the portion was extremely stingy but in keeping with the theme of the evening it was rather tasteless.

We received no gratuity or discount on our bill for our complaints and we will NOT be returning. Blackwood does need a fine eatery - this is not it.