Hey, listen up. You need to know about Ate O’Clock because it’s not the kind of place you just stumble upon. Hidden down on ally on High Ousegate you’ll find this quirky little place.
Decorated with clocks stuck at 8 O’Clock, this cosy little place has a nice atmosphere and serves a variety of food that I’d probably describe as a typically British menu.
For starters, I had prawns with tomato and chilli sauce and my boyfriend had mussels. The prawns were delicious – it came with some bread to dip in the sauce which was my favourite part of the dish. It was seasoned well and had such a strong taste of garlic, which I love. My boyfriends’ mussels were in a similar sauce, in my opinion, my sauce was nicer though he prefered his.
For mains, I had the venison which came with herbed mash, braised carrots, seasonal greens and red wine sauce. The venison was pink in the middle just like I like my meat. The braised carrots were delicious and I’m glad there were so many of them. I’ve never had venison before so I’m not sure how it compares but I’d have to say it wasn’t full of flavour. Whether that is normal for venison or not, I’m not sure.
Boyfriend had the trio of pork. It was braised belly, black pudding, loin with apple puree, potatoes and cider gravy. I tried some bits of it and it was very nice. I’m not a massive pork fan – mostly because of the texture but this was cooked really well.
We shared a creme brulee for dessert but I forgot to take a photo of it. The hard top was delicious but the rest wasn’t as sweet and creamy as I like – so probably the only disappointment of the evening. More sugar, please!
Service was good and quick and the price wasn’t too bad at all.