The Stockbridge Restaurant, St Stephen Street

A little hidden away, down a few steps on St Stephen Street in Stockbridge, you’ll find a little hidden gem, aptly named the Stockbridge Restaurant. It’s easy to miss when walking along this street, but this is one you’ll want to look out for. This cosy, family-run restaurant does amazing quality, classic meals with the best ingredients. And the best part is… they now do brunch!

Despite painted a dark colour and being downstairs, the restaurant feels bright thanks to the bold artwork on the walls. It’s the perfect setting for a date night or a place to take the parents on a special occasion. Ideal for a birthday or graduation meal.

The brunch/weekend lunch menu is available on Saturdays and Sundays and is served between 12:30 and 2:00pm. Really good prices and portion sizes for brunch time - there’s nothing worse than needing to go home for a nap after brunch (I speak from experience). I was kindly invited to try their new menu out a couple of weeks ago and I was super impressed. It went straight on my list of places to take my parents on the weekend (my mum is quite fussy and they quite often would prefer a proper meal and not classic eggs on avo brunch).

The menu has some snacks on it including bread, olives and hummus. The hummus of the day while we were there was red pepper and really delicious. It was a nice size for nibbling at while we chose our meals.

The menu also features starters that can be had as a starter, or you can pick a few out to have as a tapas-style meal. There’s plenty to choose from here from soup to crab takes to squid rings. They’re very reasonably priced at £3.50 for tapas and £6 for starters. But don’t forget to save room for your main!

The mains, which include one side, range in price from £7-£12 so again, really well priced. I went for the duck confit with cassoulet bean stew with a side of mashed potatoes. Duck is one of those meats I feel is a really good judge of the quality level of a restaurant. If I order duck confit and it’s overcooked and dry, I’m not going to be in any hurry to try anything else on the menu. The word to describe this duck was succulent, it simply fell off the bone, exactly how I like it. The flavours in the bean stew were also delicious. Oh and the mash. The mash was really creamy and was perfect for soaking up that extra sauce. The portions seem quite small when they come out, but they are just the right amount for lunch time. Plus, it means you can save room for a little pudding.

For dessert I had the classic sticky toffee pudding. The toffee sauce was to die for and the cake was very date-y which I personally really like. It was a nice, small portion. Perfect for satisfying that sweet craving at the end of the meal but still allowing me to pitifully pretend I’ve not been that bad.

Overall I really loved my meal. It was simple but beautifully executed. The staff who work at the Stockbridge Restaurant were lovely and attentive, and I’m definitely planning on heading back soon. Stockbridge on the weekends can get a bit manic, so get away from the busy crowds of tourists and market-goers by heading down to the Stockbridge Restaurant.

Check out the Stockbridge Restaurant’s website for their full menu.

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