So we were invited along to The Yard in Knutsford last week. You can find The Yard on the bottom street in Knutsford, in between Piccolino and Gusto.. As you enter the restaurant you are greeted by lovely staff members and then get taken upstairs to the main restaurant. As soon as you enter The Yard you get a real feel that it is a family ran business and can tell that there is a lot of passion behind the heritage of each dish and each bottle of wine.
Looking at the menu the food is very different from the dishes in Piccolino and Gusto.. Which is great because there is no need for any local competition in the area for The Yard. The dishes are very traditional and make you feel like you are sat in a restaurant in a small town in Italy.
For our starter we both had the Duck Salad… which we both thought was delicious. I have never had a salad like this before but it was so fresh and tasty, we certainly cleaned the plates with this dish.It was a mix of green salad leaves, fresh crispy duck, balsamic vinegar and poppy seeds.
For our main I had the lobster and crayfish risotto and Ainslee had the Fish Medley and risotto. These portions were huge but again everything tasted really clean and fresh. We are both big fish lovers and yes the scollops were amazing (I had to pinch one of Ainslee’s). You certainly get value for money with the portions.
Then for desert we both had the Italian style knickerbocker glory, which included Vanilla ice-cream, strawberries and honeycomb.. It was very yummy and not too heavy at the end of our meal, so that we didn’t go away feeling stuffed.
The Yard is still a very new restaurant in Knutsford. They only opened their doors in November, so if you haven’t been yet you must certainly give it a try. whether its to try out their lunch menu or go in for a delicious evening treat.
The restaurant is owned by 2 bothers. One who runs the Knutsford restaurant and the other who owns The Yard in the centre of Chester, which has been open for a while now. Also their Dad who we met at the restaurant also works between restaurants. I love the feeling that a family has built this business and that they all work together. Like I said give them a try and let me know how it went. I always love hearing how your experience was on restaurants I have visited.