Restaurant review - Earle by Simon Rimmer, Hale
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Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer’s Earle occupies a prime position in central Hale, just a few minutes’ walk away from the station, where there is parking for those making the journey by car.
A relaxed dining menu of contemporary British classics created from ingredients sourced as much as possible close to home.
Prices on the a la carte menu range from £4.50 for the soup starter to £26 for prime rib eye.
We opted for a starter of Halloumi, red pepper coulis, caponata salad and wild rocket, £6.50 and the Thai spiced potato cake with an Asian salad. Portions were a decent size and presented in rustic style. The potato cake needed a little more spice to satisfy our chilli cravings but otherwise a good start to the meal.
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For mains the roasted cod, baba ganoush, saffron potatoes and tabbouleh salad, £20.50 was the outright winner. A delicious moist piece of fish with perfect seasoning and a clever eastern twist. Feta cheese, spinach and pistachio filo layered pie was fine and accompanied by red onion roasted tomato and rocket salad and red pepper jam, £13.50. A Manchester tart with a delicious raspberry sorbet and vanilla yoghurt mousse with Pistachio sponge and salted pistachio brittle ended the meal on a high note. We accompanied our meal with a bottle of Gremillet, £48.
Decor and ambience
There’s a boutique hotel vibe to Earle - oh if only it had rooms! The decor is smart urban with lots of wood, walls of exposed brickwork and soft lighting. Walls remain largely unadorned except for a large Earle sign and a blackboard featuring details of future events etc. Tables are spaced sufficiently wide apart to add to the intimate feel.
Helpful, friendly, unobtrusive.
Three courses each, mineral water and bubbles, £111.50 (excludes service)
Earle by Simon Rimmer
4 Cecil Road, Hale, Altrincham,
Cheshire WA15 9PA
0161 929 8869