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The Moorings in Newark has recently been taken over by new management and as such has received an overhaul with both the menu and service, which is impressive by anyone’s standards… Tucked away down a quiet alley just off the main road Castle Gate, which houses many of the market towns popular bars and restaurants, The Moorings is positioned adjacent to the river with fantastic views and although we dined during the evening when it was slightly difficult to appreciate the riverside views, we look forward to returning again in Summer to enjoy it in all its glory.

We were greeted at the door by the very cheery general manager Marcin Koszler, who seated us by the window (a riverside view) and showed us the impressive wine list, which was extensive to say the least.  I opted for a glass of the Rose Prosecco to start. We were then treated to an Amuse-bouche – A polish dish made up of a pasta parcel filled with spinach and mushroom- very nice.

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The menu was also extensive for an Ala Carte restaurant and offered two vegetarian main course options and one vegetarian starter, though they were very accommodating when I asked if the Creamy pumpkin and coconut soup with roasted almonds (£7.95) could be served without the grilled chorizo and this turned out to be one of the best soups I had ever eaten, which for me is good going, given that soup is a big part of my staple diet!  Grilled scallops, served with mango and marakuja emulsion and tomato concasse (£8.50) was a much more adventurous choice for my dining partner, who enjoyed every mouthful and commented that the portion size was small, but just enough so as not to fill him up before dinner arrived. For main I went for the Ravioli with spinach and oscypek cheese served with tomato sauce  (£12.95) which was tasty and had a very distinct flavour amongst the strong tomato based flavour of the sauce.

My dining partner opted for the Fillet of beef, served with morel sauce, ratte potatoes, herb butter and braised pak choi (£29.95)– the restaurant owners favourite dish which comes highly recommended and it certainly did not disappoint – a good sized portion, cooked to perfection.

A little rest was needed before we embarked on dessert and looking over at the next table it was certainly a sight to behold and so we looked forward to sampling the Chocolate brownie, mint crème glacée, raspberry coulis, fresh fruit (£7.95) and Selection of British cheeses: Yorkshire blue, Yorkshire Wensleydale with cranberries, Somerset brie, mature cheddar, Roquefort, assorted biscuits and fruit. (For one: £8.95 For two: £13.95) This really was an impressive array of cheeses, arranged in a way that would have taken the chef quite some time and effort, which made it all the more delicious to eat because of that.  

The chocolate brownie was everything you would expect from the dish and a good size at that, hence to say it did beat me and had to be finished off by my dining partner, this served with a delicious mint chocolate ice-cream and spun sugar, with a surprise popping candy addition – it really was a piece of artwork. A glass of Rose Zinfandel arrived during dessert to accompany my choice and water was topped up on the table throughout the meal, by our extremely attentive waiter.

We were offered coffee to finish our dining experience, but politely refused as four courses was most certainly enough to satisfy at this respectable restaurant and we will most certainly be returning when the weather gets a little better to enjoy the riverside views.

Fiona Duncan, RSViP  

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