Edge Magazine, August Issue, 2015
A Taste of Ostlers at Number One
Welcome to the Continent. Whether you’re lucky enough to have the time (and weather, of course) for sundowners on the tastefully decorated terrace, or you simply can’t wait to get seated comfortably inside and while away your evening, you’d easily be swayed into believing you’re somewhere in continental Europe. You’re not of course, rather on a pretty corner of Worcester, adjacent to the racecourse. This place oozes charm and romance. From a hand written blackboard with the week’s specials on, to attractive candle light setting a delightful backdrop for the summer’s evening, prepare to fall in love.
Since reopening the doors of Ostlers, owner Ben Nelsey and Head Chef, Richard Deim have strived to make the whole dining experience first rate; cosy and intimate, with exceptional food that looks as good as it tastes. To celebrate a fantastic first year at the helm of this little gem, Ben and the team at Ostlers have launched a monthly tasting evening, held on the first Tuesday of every month. We were lucky enough to attend the first one and we were bowled over.
Fresh Colchester Oyster, accompanied by a Portuguese gaspachio
A Taste of Ostlers- 3 miniature starters inspired by their best sellers
Handmade bread with homemade flavoured butters
Scallop with caviar and samphire
Beef carpaccio with a tomato sorbet and parmesan crisp
Venison with asparagus spears and a sweet potato choux bun
Assiette of dessert- White chocolate panacotta, chocolate fondant and passion fruit cheesecake
One of our party was an ‘oyster virgin’ he had been presented with them before, but had never quite plucked up the courage to try one for himself. Whether it was because we were only presented with one fine specimen each, meaning he wasn’t over faced, or because the rest of us were excitedly chattering about how it had been a while since we had eaten oysters, he soon followed suit and down the hatch it went. The accompanying gaspachio was perfect to wash it down with, not as spiced as Tabasco - why ruin the flavour of an oyster so?
The Taste of Ostlers at Number 1 starter trio was probably my favourite course of the night, a small but perfectly cooked piece of pork belly served on sweet potato fondant, a beetroot risotto with smoked salmon and a miniature Columbian lamb shank - a perfect replication but the size of a profiterole which managed to taste even better than it looked.
The handmade bread is always a delight at Ostlers and the rosemary butter was a real treat - our only concern here was that we might fill up too much to enjoy the following courses!
The scallop was a great size and perfectly cooked - soft and naturally sweet, with the samphire again bringing that real taste of the seaside to the dish and the following beef carpaccio was delicately flavoured and melted in the mouth with the sorbet complementing perfectly and the parmesan crisp was a gorgeous change of texture.
The main event was venison, it was wonderfully tasty and tender and the choux buns filled with beautifully seasoned sweet potato mash ensured the presentation was as good as the taste.
All of the desserts were small but perfectly formed, just enough of a taste of white chocolate to satisfy with the pana cotta, the gooey middle just that with the chocolate fondant and possibly the lightest passion fruit cheesecake that I have ever tasted, it was a fantastic end to what could only be described as an amazing meal.
The portion sizes were just right, enough to satisfy and give you the taste, but not too much to ruin the final courses. There is also an accompanying wine flight, should you want to really complement the dishes with each wine having been sourced and chosen to enhance all of the dishes discreet flavours and textures.
Ben and the team will be hosting their tasting evenings on the first Tuesday of every month, with the menu set to change for each one to ensure the best seasonal vegetables, meat and fish are offered. Booking is essential for this night, even the first one was sold out so make sure that you call ahead well in advance to book your table and trust me when I say that if you love top class cuisine and eating in a relaxed atmosphere with attentive service, this is not one to be missed.
Upcoming Tasting Evening Dates:
Tuesday 4th August
Tuesday 1st September
Tuesday 6th October
Tuesday 3rd November
Tuesday 1st December
t. 01905 21302
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1 Severn Terrace
Don’t forget the restaurant is also open for their famous Sunday brunch and lunch with bottomless cups of coffee and the Sunday papers.
For your chance to win a Sunday brunch or lunch for 4 people (up to the value of £100), visit the restaurant’s Facebook page and simply write ‘Edge Magazine Competition, Pick Me!’ on the public wall. Winner will be announced via Ostlers at Number 1’s Facebook page at the end of August. Voucher expires 4th October 2015.
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Ostlers At Number One
good food, great service, relaxed atmosphere
Ostlers has brought to this quiet corner of Worcester just what had been missing, a great place to meet, eat and drink, close to the racecourse and next door to the Swan Theatre with endless parking straight on the doorstep, how could they go wrong?
Ben Nelsey has been well known in the area for years, heading up some of the county’s favourite eateries and finally he is heading up his own restaurant, bringing his relaxed style and superlative service to a great venue, offering an unbeatable, eclectic mix of food and drink from across the globe. Fresh fish, salads and tapas are combined with locally sourced meats and vegetables, imaginatively prepared and served in this lively, no-nonsense bistro on the edge of town.
Also open for Sunday brunch, there is no better place to relax and take in the Sunday papers whilst enjoying delicious dishes such as Eggs Benedict, Tuscan Steak and Eggs, Pancakes with Bacon and Syrup, or the ever-popular British Sunday Roast.
The main menu takes you on a complete tour of Europe, harnessing the smells and flavours of the Mediterranean. Choose a selection of the fabulous authentic Tapas including Crispy Calamari, lightly fried with salt and a dusting of chilli, the fabulous Patatas Braves, oven-roasted potatoes in a spicy tomato and pepper sauce and tasty Crispy Chorizo with peppers and onions in a red wine sauce to mention but a few. My favourite was the Vegetable Frittata with spinach, red onion and new potatoes, overflowing with flavour and at only £6.00 would make a great lunchtime treat.
Our starters continued the European tour with Moules Marinières for a touch of France and a Hungarian Chicken Risotto, or skip across to the daily specials for the tastiest Soft Shell Crab this side of the Med or a plate of beautifully plump King Scallops, cooked to perfection. The main courses featured Spanish Stew, where the flavour and aroma of smoked paprika dominated the dish, the chicken so soft it fell apart, bringing with it the peppers and onions infused with the spicy tomato sauce. If America is more your style, try a huge Full Rack of Ribs, served with fries and corn-on-the cob, or choose one of Ostlers’ fabulous steaks, beautifully cooked and served with a choice of enticing sauces. Pan-seared Sea Bass, Marinated Duck Breast and French Trimmed Pork will simply make your final decision even harder.
Ben prides himself on his daily specials and there is always something a little different to entice you away from the main menu. Arctic Char, for example, is a salmon type fish that I have never seen on a menu anywhere else, in fact no one that I heard in the restaurant that evening even knew what it was, but everyone tempted in by Ben’s enthusiasm for these unusual dishes loved the food and all that went back to the kitchen were empty dishes.
Leave a little room for the desserts, as there is something to tempt everyone, be it the totally moreish Four-Nut Chocolate Brownie, the Pear and Almond Tart or the light, tasty Plum Fool, you will not be disappointed. Ben also serves a great cheeseboard. Take a choice of four cheeses, or all six to share, served with a selection of crackers, quince jelly, chutney and fruits, even better with a glass of Ostlers’ house port.
Try Ostlers soon, you will not be disappointed – we will see you there for brunch.
Ostlers At Number One
1 Severn Terrace, Worcester. WR1 3EH
Tel. 01905 21302 www.ostlersatnumber1.uk
Edge Magazine October 2014
Back to top quality with a vengance
Located a few minutes walk from worcester city centre, Ostlers at number 1 is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle for a lunch time treat.
Offering an innovative menu of fresh fish, locally sourced meat and tapas Ostlers is back with a bang. Chef Rico has designed a menu to suit all tastes and time frames and they even offer the service of calling ahead and pre ordering for anyone who has a limited amount of time!
New Manager and owner, Ben Nelsey, took back the keys to Ostlers in August and after a complete facelift is looking to take this little restaurant back to it's glory days. It is almost like coming home for Ben, who used to manage the restaurant a decade ago, at the height of it's popularity. From what we've experienced, this little gem is definitely on it's way back to the top.
The lunch time menu is tasty and vibrant, with a good range of options, for a lighter lunch, the tapas menu is excellent and reasonably priced. They also run a full lunch time menu and specials board for those looking for a more traditional lunch time treat. Check out their Facebook page for lunch time offers and menu.
The tapas menu is also served in the evenings, along with an extensive a la carte menu and specials that change daily. I can highly recommend the tapas and steak deal for two offered on a Monday evening, after we had been so impressed with our lunch time treat, we returned to celebrate our wedding anniversary and was not disappointed.
There is an extensive and reasonably priced wine list available, serving a good variety by the glass as well as by the bottle. The house prosecco is of particular note, for a little celebration or 'just because' a fine bottle and priced just right.
The only thing that we haven't yet been back to sample is the Sunday brunch, but I don't think that we'll be waiting too long before that happens!
Whether dining out for a special occasion or grabbing a bite to eat mid shopping spree, take the time to try out Ostlers. A warm welcome and some good food await!