Mr Coopers at the Midland hotel is the embodiment of consistency, it is rare that we frequent the same place more than three times in a year due to the variety and speed of new openings to try. Each time we have visited there seems to be new dishes on the menu and the quality is retained for old favourites.
Our latest visit to Mr Coopers was for the Sunday lunch, a great deal at 3 courses for £19. The starter consisted of tomato and lentil soup, cucumber and spring onion salsa, Korean mint, packed full of flavour, this is my favourite soup of the year although I very rarely order soup.
Mrs Nom wanted to order from the a la carte and began with wild mushroom and onion marmalade tartlets, ricotta and rocket.
The main event was roast topside of Cumbrian beef, dripping potatoes, savoy cabbage, honey roasted carrots, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding and roast gravy. Quality beef with well-cooked and seasoned vegetables, just as a satisfying Sunday lunch should be.
Not wanting a full main Mrs Nom created her own surf and turf with a combination of two starters of raw beef with pickled paw paw, sweet tomato jam and toasted rye bread and hand dived glazed scallops with caper, hazelnut and shallots. The hazelnut with the scallops worked very well.
To finish we shared a honey flap jack, lemon posset and marinated strawberries.
In order unblogged visits we have tried dishes from the a la carte and set menus including the following dishes:
Nick’s meatballs with hyssop, baked apricots and tzatziki
Mussel chowder with leeks and bone marrow croutons
Cumbrian rib steak, truffle pudding and purple potato latkes
Malabar pilaf, lamb rumps, garlic, lemon and chilli
Braised pork shoulder, lentils, crispy cabbage and black pudding fritter