Bindles is a restaurant in Worcester serving great local food and delicious cocktails.

Primo Bar and Dining,

55 Sidbury,

Worcester

WR1 2HU

primoworcester.co.uk

Telephone: 01905 611566

Formerly The Glasshouse bar and restaurant, Bindles is a brand new eatery situated on the border of Worcester City Centre and Sidbury. My partner and I visited the establishment on a wet Monday evening, and found the restaurant to be nicely full, which is always a good sign at the start of the week.

To drink, I had a crisp and perfectly chilled glass of Pinto Grigio (£3.85), my partner opting for a bottle of Peroni. The drinks helped to wash down a basket of fresh bread with flavoured Bindles butters - garlic and lemon and caper (£4). The caper butter was delicious! To start, I opted for the warm pigeon and autumn vegetable salad with a herb vinaigrette (£6). I would have liked the pigeon slightly pinker, but the dish was still very tasty. My partner chose the black pepper and chilli breaded squid with lime aioli (£4.95), which was excellent. The lime aioli gave a fresh twist to the dish, more original than traditional lemon with squid. For main, my partner had the slow-cooked longdon marsh lamb stew with kidneys topped with creamy mash, served with seasonal vegetables (£16.95), which he enjoyed. I went for the local Herefordshire duck breast with root vegetable mash and roasted beetroot (£15.95). The duck was cooked to perfection and possibly the meatiest duck breast I’ve ever had. The roasted beetroot was a great side to this dish. To accompany our mains we had the Bindles fries with gruyere cheese and rosemary salt (£4.25). The cheese and rosemary made the skinny chips so tasty that I could happily have eaten a basket to myself. For dessert, the restaurant has designed its own Bindles sorbet range, including lemon with grey goose vodka, orange with cointreau and raspberry with Chambord, each costing £5. I went for the raspberry with Chambord, which was fantastic - refreshing yet wonderfully alcoholic. I think my partner regretted not trying the sorbet, although his chocolate mousse with espresso foam and macaroons (£4.50) proved to be a chocoholic’s dream!

Overall, the service was excellent; prompt and very attentive yet not at all intrusive. A prix fix menu is also available before 7pm and at lunchtime; two courses for £13 or three courses for £16, which is excellent value for food of such a high standard - everyone in Worcester should give it a try!

 


4 Stars on Sat, 12 Nov 2011