LISINI Pub Co insists the food at Dalziel Park’s Wide Mouth Frog restaurant is its best ever.
MD Lisa Wishart said the recruitment of head chef Paul Kelly, under the auspices of executive chef Jim Perrie, has elevated its standards to a new level.
The 92-cover restaurant, which was completely refurbished after Lisini took over with new décor, seating, flooring and furniture, is named after a favourite restaurant the Hood family used to visit on holiday in Spain.
“It’s definitely a huge step up,” Wishart said of the food.
“It’s as good as you’ll get anywhere, in the city centre or London.”
But even though she is proud of the standard the chefs are achieving, Wishart wants to attract more than foodies to the Wide Mouth Frog.
Dishes on the main menu include Thai green curry (£8.95), coq au vin (£8.50) and pork and chorizo stew (£8.95), as well as a host of steaks from the grill, from rump (£13.95) rising to Chateuabriand (£45 for two).
Wishart admits the project to bring Wide Mouth Frog and the rest of Dalziel Park to life had been more stressful and costly than the company had anticipated. But with 90 weddings already booked for this year, a growing reputation for entertainment and a food and drink offer that’s restoring the faith of the local population, the investment is starting to pay off. And for that she gives credit to the whole Lisini team, from loyal bar and kitchen staff up to “right hand men” Perrie and operations director Grant Hood, plus marketing director Siobhan Edwards and Nicky Hood.