Cove - Review

A very British tradition is a roast dinner on a Sunday. They are notoriously difficult to cook with so many different ingredients, but are a way of bringing the whole family or even just a couple of people together for a warming meal. I have never made one and somehow would not want to try unless I was in a fancy kitchen where I felt way more prepared, not a chance in my tiny little apartment! So instead, I took my mum and sister and ventured out to a nearby restaurant in Shamrock Quay, Southampton. 

Cove is a nautical themed restaurant in the hub of the Shamrock Quay harbour, with boats and bars too. Well knows for it's roast (and I had tasted the chicken one before) I was excited to see what they had on offer for the starters and other mains, as well as trying a different meat in the roast. 

We started with the Iberico BBQed Pork Ribs to share, and they were super tasty. There was just the right amount of meat and they it fell off the bone. Plus the sauce that came with it was just to die for! It was enough for two people especially as we had mains on the way. There was a live musician, and soft piano music played in the background in the cosy restaurant.

I of course had the roast, and I decided to have Gammon. It came with a huge yorkshire pudding (that was so melty and delicious but crispy on the outside), cauliflower cheese and roast potatoes. On the side you also get a bowl of vegetables (ours was actually bigger as we waited 40 minutes between our starter an main! oops!) with sweet potato, cabbage and cauliflower cheese. The meal comes with lashings of gravy and it just all feels like you're enjoying it at home. It's a pretty big meal but I got through it! Only leaving one potato and a bit of meat.

My mum had the Char Grilled Salmon, New Potatoes, Broad Bean & Brown Shrimp Butter. I had a taste and the salmon was succulent and the sauce fitted with it so well. There was enough to go around the whole meal and the broad beans just added something extra. It was luxury just as much as the roast and she enjoyed it very much. As well as stealing some of my sweet potato.... naturally. 

Then desserts arrived (and so did my little sister) so we had one different one each and even though I was pretty full, I knew they would be spectacular. 

My mum had her favourite, Eton Mess and this was was even creamier than the last we had at Carnicero! I had the Honeycomb Cheesecake, Toffee Crisp & Salted Caramel Sauce which was probably one of the best cheesecakes I've ever had! The toffee crunch bits were just so delicious and it wasn't too sweet either. My sister had the Chocolate Fudge Cake and managed to eat the whole thing!! 

We then enjoyed a Latte and some tea to finish off the meal and I cannot stress how much this improves a Sunday! If I was to go anywhere for a roast dinner now it would be here. The atmosphere is so calming and the service is very good, although the wait between our starters and mains was very long. But this isn't normal and I think we went in at a surprise busy period! It's fairly pricey for the food but it's so worth it an especially when you're having a treat. I would 100% recommend, and I need to go down when its an evening too to see the atmosphere then. I'm a huge lover of this place and I look forward to many more dinners to come from Cove!

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This meal was sponsored by Cove for the purpose of the review but all views/images and opinions are my own.