I think my latest set of reviews for MissPond may as well be called the “Where to go on date night” series! And I can safely say that I would recommend The Midland for a cosy date night with some really delicious food.
I’ve actually been to The Midland in the past, and was super excited to set how it had changed after their revamp. For those of you unfamiliar with it The Midland is in Marple Bridge. Just a quick train ride from either Manchester or Stockport. It makes for a wonderful day trip on a sunny weekend! As I said this was another “Date Night” trip for Dan and I, unfortunately for him he drove over from Leeds and couldn’t quite get to relax quite as much as I did!
We arrived a little early for dinner, but were quickly shown to our table. It was a beautifully sunny day and we were given a window seat with beautiful views over the River Goyt. So naturally the perfect accompaniment for me was a Gin and Tonic while I looked over the menu. I opted for the Warner Edwards Rhubarb gin with ginger ale. A combination that’s becoming a firm favourite of mine.
I’m a sucker for scallops, so the Scallops of the Day was always going to be the winner for me. They were cooked to perfection. Seared beautifully on the outside and sweet and juicy on the inside. They were served with a bean and watercress salad. Honestly, I could have eaten another plate of them so easily.
Dan decided to keep things a little fishy for the starters and went with the Salt and Szechaun Pepper Squid. I’m so happy that he let me try these. They were so well cooked and put the horrible rubbery incarnation of squid far from our minds. The seasoning packed a fair punch and we were quite glad to dip them in the delicious aioli.
If you’ve read any other restaurant reviews that I’ve written it’ll come as no surprise that we decided to keep things pretty meaty for the mains. I opted for the Fillet Steak. Now my main reason for doing this was that I really wanted to try the accompaniments served with the steak. I mean how fantastic does “ale-glazed shallot tart topped with Cropwell Bishop custard, Stilton & walnut crumb” sound?! The steak was cooked to rare perfection, and that tart? Well it was absolutely cracking! Its making my mouth water all over again thinking about it! I was also naughty and order a side of Beef Dripping Sauce which pushed it all over the edge and put me in a meaty happy place. I couldn’t stop dunking my twice cooked chunky chips in it!
In keeping up this meaty feast, Dan went with the Pan Fried British Venison. Again the accompaniments to this sounded fantastic. I wasn’t sure what a “beef & bone marrow bomb” was, but it sounded delicious. It turns out that the bomb was kind of like a little pasty, and was properly delicious. The venison was cooked pink and succulent and melted in the mouth. The creamy squash and potato dauphinoise added an indulgent edge to the venison dish and I’ve happily eat all of it again.
At this point we really should have stopped and called it a day on our meal, but fortified by another gin (Chase Sloe and Mulberry) we dived in and ordered desserts. I went with the Melting Golden Chocolate Orange Bomb! If you followed along on Instagram you would have seen this dessert in all of its glory! A chocolate orange shell encases praline ice cream, pour on the molten Belgian chocolate sauce and you’ll see it for yourself. There’s also the added extra of popping candy, adding a bit of much needed crunch in the dessert. I had been dubious about ordering this as I loathe chocolate orange. Thankfully I couldn’t actually pick out the orange taste! I really enjoyed this delicious chocolatey extravaganza, but for me it could have done with a little more crunch.
Dan went with the Dulche de Leche Lava Fondant served with praline ice cream and peanut butter crumb. This was a rich and delicious dessert and a really nice take on the standard chocolate fondant. The combination of dulche de leche, praline and peanut was an absolute winner for us. In fact I only got a teeny mouthful of this before Dan polished it off!
We enjoyed our day at The Midland so much that we met one of my friends in the beer garden and enjoyed a few more drinks in the sunshine. Overall we had a great time at The Midland and thoroughly enjoyed our meal and drinks. The only two niggles we had were that as the restaurant got busier it took a little longer to catch a servers attention, and that whilst our table was beautiful and by the window it was also next to the register where orders were placed and wine glasses were kept. However, neither of these were enough to detract from the delicious food.
Have you checked out The Midland at Marple Bridge yet? Would you? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Dr C was invited down to check out The Midland at Marple Bridge in return for an honest review. all words, photos and opinions are her own.
P.P.S. The Midland at Marple Bridge is located at 26 Brabyns Brow, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 5DT.