I love a good narrative.
And I love a good meal…
So when it comes to ticking my boxes, the chain of ‘The Lost & Found’ restaurants definitely gets a few high marks.
With each location taking on the theme of a fictional professor, you will find everyone from Hettie G. Watson in Birmingham, showcasing a beautiful botanical bar – to Benedict Pike in Leeds, who throws a bit of Chemistry in the mix.
The Lost & Found in Knutsford that I visited recently takes on the myth of Emily B. Kingsley…
Emily B. Kingsley, Lepidoptera: The Lost & Found, Knutsford
‘Emily’ is a city-girl who moved to the country away from the bustle of Manchester’s metropolis, a true socialite, she enjoys a gentrified and bohemian existence, free from the stresses of modern life. Living around Tatton Park and with a love for all things outdoors, she wanders the countryside collecting samples and recording her findings of the local flora and fauna from dawn till dusk.
“Lepidoptera is an order of insects that includes butterflies and moths. About 180,000 species of the Lepidoptera are described, in 126 families and 46 superfamilies, 10 per cent of the total described species of living organisms.”
After taking my niece on a day out to The Trafford Centre, we called at The Lost & Found Knutsford on the way home.
I’ve been a few times to the Birmingham one, so knew what to expect in terms of interior design.
As in, I knew it would be wonderful.
Especially after realising the butterfly theme.
But… I could go on about the wonderful interior until the cows come home. So, let’s get on to the good stuff.
The food at The Lost & Found in Knutsford.
Knowing we’d be sharing with the little one, my sister-in-law and I ordered a main each alongside sides.
This meant that my niece would have her own ‘smorgasbord’ of goodness.
I always think this is a good idea, as when they’re only three it’s a risk ordering just one meal from the menu for them!
For my main course, I chose the ‘fish and chips’.
I must admit, I never go for something so seemingly simple on paper.
|POPPY SEED BATTERED HAKE with masala spiced chips, a minted pea raita and mango chutney dip|
Masala spiced chips?
How could one resist?
From first bite, I was in all kinds of culinary heaven.
The heavier flavours of the chip seasoning and hake batter, were offset with the freshness of the raita and sweetness of the mango chutney dip.
My sister in law went for:
|MEATBALL TAGLIATELLE CARBONARA with pork meatballs and smoked bacon lardons tossed in crème fraîche, free range egg yolk and parsley|
Despite having to give most of her meatballs to my niece, she assures me it was very nice.
As a bit of a creature of habit, she tends to order the carbonara dish at most restaurants.
Coming as a refreshing change with meatballs over chicken, the pasta was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of creaminess.
One of the stand out parts of the entire meal though, was the sweet potato wedges as a side dish.
How could something so simple be SO delicious?!
Sour cream with pomegranate seeds finished these sweet, tender wedges of goodness.
I could have eaten two bowls of these alone. But unfortunately had to share. Which was fine, because around half way through the meal I was kind of fit to burst anyway.
But even though we were all pretty full, we then went on to dessert….
I’m not usually a dessert fan, but after being told how fabulous they were by the staff, we just had to try some.
My sister-in-law is a massive chocolaholic, so went for the Millionaires Shortbread, which came with dark chocolate, sticky whisky caramel and drizzled with chocolate sauce.
Meanwhile, I gave the Eaton Mess a whirl, which came in a white chocolate cup, with raspberry ice cream and meringue.
As you can see, both were served in a ‘deconstructed’ style.
My dessert was really refreshing, with a lovely balance of sweetness.
I couldn’t even try the Millionaires Shortbread before it was polished off! Which is a glowing review in itself really. Especially from someone with a sweet tooth.
The Lost & Found has also launched a new summer drinks menu.
Still feeling a little delicate from the day before, I just went for the most refreshing sounding one.
The Chambord Rose consisted of: Chambord, Hibiscus syrup, Lemon juice & blossom bitters topped off with Fentimans Rose Lemonade Mint & edible flowers.
And it was every bit as refreshing as it sounded. Perfect for a super hot summers day.
The service was just as wonderful as the meal itself and I will definitely be heading back the next time I’m venturing through Cheshire!
…And my three year old nieces review of The Lost & Found in Knutsford?
“Auntie Terri I like your jam when I dip my chips in but not the spicy chips and my favourite part was the meatballs but I also liked the sweet potatoes yum yum. I didn’t want a special dinner, I just wanted ice cream”
It’s okay… She did get some ice cream in the end, but had to have her special dinner first.