The stylish Formosa Dining Room with its sharp, navy dining charis and comfy leather booths, seats up to 60 people and boasts an open kitchen, so guests can watch their meals being lovingly prepared. Downstairs beneath the main dining room lies the old coal cellar, which has since been transformed into four arches with seating, providing a secluded and sophisticated drinking or dining area.The cellars are available for private hire for up to 30 people, making it the perfect place to enjoy special occasions.
All of the dishes at The Prince Alfred are made using the best seasonal British ingredients. The food here is traditional pub fare made with flair, think sausages and mash (£11.50); cod fillet with ratatouille, kale pesto and black pudding (£16.50); pork belly (£16.50) and braised beef pie with seasonal vegetables (£12.50), to name just a few of the delicious items on offer.
For my starter, I had the cured smoked duck breast with apple and celeriac coleslaw, fig and pomegranate dressing (£7.50), which was pleasantly tart and had a nice crunch to it. My friend opted for the butternut squash and baby spinach tart, Ragstone goats cheese mousse (£6.50), a comforting dish with warming, autumnal flavours.
For my main, I selected the Sea Bass fillet with white sprouting broccoli, salsify, chilli tomato sauce and basil oil (£16.50), which was absolutely gorgeous and had the perfect balance of flavours. Be warned, the portion size is massive (consisting of 3x large slabs of sea bass), so only order this if you're feeling peckish!
We loved the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant, which was perfect for allowing my friend and I to catch up without having to strain to hear each other speak - a welcome treat as many pub restaurants can be a bit too boisterous for a peaceful dining experience!
Overall, this is a great place to visit if you like simple, fuss free food served in a quirky, yet stylish environment.
The Prince Alfred
5A Formosa Street
Our experience overall
Food and drink ****
Staff attentiveness/friendliness ***