La Pergola - say after me..... La Perg-ala, not La Per-gola
Parking is generally easy enough on an evening. You can park on the street outside, if you can find a space. During the day would be trickier, so the best place to park would be "Devonshire Walk" Car Park, which is situated to the left of the Castle (as you look at it). Walk over the Millenium Bridge and round onto Castle Street.
Lunch 12.00pm - 14.00pm, Evening 18.00pm - 22.00pm / Closed Sundays.
You feel the atmoshphere of this charming little restaurant as you walk down the steps. Inside there is a 'main room' which has around 6 tables, and then lots of little alcoves with more tables. You can have a little alcove all to yourself, very intimate and romantic.
You are always greeted with a smile. The staff always look very smart in their nice red waistcoats, and there is a well stocked bar which you may sit at while you wait for a table.
The menu is extensive, there is something to please everyones taste, and as the food is cooked fresh, they are always happy to adapt to suit. Good Vegetarian choices too.
Tables are beautifully set with tablecloths, and proper cloth napkins, wine glasses and cutlery. With a black pepper grinder on each table.
I went with my husband Andrew, we often go on a Monday evening as the Happy Hour menu is available all night.
So, onto the food.
Always try the bread, it is hand-made, crusty and fresh, served with proper butter. Be careful though, it is very moreish and you will easily fill yourself up.
To start I had ...
Funghi alla Boscaiola - Button mushroom pan fried with garlic, bacon, grain mustard, brandy and cream - served on a crouton (I order without Bacon)
Don't be fooled into thinking a crouton is a small piece of bread, this is a doorstep of homemade toasted garlic bread topped with the most delicious creamy, mustardy mushrooms I have ever tasted. Portions are not shy at all in this restaurant.
Andrew had, and always has....
Pizza all'Aglio con Mozzarella - Garlic pizza with mozzarella cheese
Then onto the main course.
Penne ai Broccoli - Broccoli, cream and a touch of chilli
with an extra pinch of chilli :) Beautifully cooked broccoli in a rich cream sauce, topped with black pepper, it is a really tasty pasta dish. I have never managed to finished it.
Lasagna della Casa - Home made lasagana
Andrew is a very fussy eater and would not normally order a lasanga for fear of it being full of vegetables, but he loves this one, very meaty and rich.
We don't do puddings, never have the room.
The bill came to approx £35.00, this included two larges glasses of wine, and 2 cokes, but not the tip. Remember though, that this was a Monday evening, so happy hour prices on our main courses, other evenings will cost a little more.
The website is a little out of date, but here is the link.