The Wild Goose
The Wild Goose is a new restaurant that opened its doors in Altricham, a short while back in December 2021. The exciting new restaurant and bar is brought to you by the same team who run the successful Tre Ciccio restaurants in Altrincham and Ramsbottom, and the beautiful interior has been curated by Homebird.
The While Goose menus sell themselves as a “retro-esque” collection of classic dishes, refined & restored with a modern twist. They aim to bring back some Anglo-French classics, and serve an a la carte menu that features dishes such as the classic prawn cocktail, tuna niçoise, roast lamb & peas a la Francaise & crème brûlée.
They also offer a traditional Sunday lunch menu that includes roast sirloin of Hereford beef, salt chamber dry aged pork & roast Herdwick lamb.
The Wild Goose wine list has been selected by the acclaimed wine ‘guru’ George Bergier. Their wine offering accompanies a menu of classic cocktails, premium draught lager and a fine selection of spirits.
To start we chose the Beef Carpaccio and the Baked Camembert with red onion marmalade & toasted sourdough soldiers. Beef Carpaccio is one of my favourite starters. Its really light at the same time as having some richer flavours, and just something super simple that when done well is delicious. The Baked Camembert is definitely one for the cheese lovers and would make a great sharer if you don’t fancy a whole one to yourself. Another simple dish done well; the camembert was perfectly gooey on the inside, and the rich cheese was balanced with the sweetness of the marmalade.
I always tend to order seafood when I’m eating out, as I guess I feel like its usually done better in restaurants than I do at home! From The Wild Goose, we chose the Lock Duart Salmon that was served with curried steamed mussels ‘mouclade’ and leeks, and the Roast Rump of Herdwick Lamb with rosemary roasted potatoes and peas a la Francoise. We also couldnt resist ordering a couple of sides of the Mash with Bone Marrow Gravy and the Cauliflower Cheese.
Honestly the absolute star of the show was the mash with bone marrow gravy. The potato was so smooth and creamy, and submerged in one of the tastiest gravies I’ve ever eaten. If you go here, order this. But back to the mains. The salmon was really soft and flakey, with a perfectly crisp skin. The sauce was also really delicious, however there were no actual mussels in the sauce. It was a creamy and rich sauce with leeks, so I can only assume that the mussels were more of a flavour within the sauce rather than an additional element of the meal.
The lamb was a delicious cut, and a generous portion. Again, cooked really well. The bed of peas and potatoes were a lovely addition too. Nothing too overpowering or complex and letting the meat speak for itself, whilst balancing out the rich flavours.
Dessert & Drinks
To finish we shared a spiced pear and chocolate pavlova. There were lots of really delicious sounding desserts on the menu but I was really full and just wanting a little bit of something sweet to end the meal. The pear pavlova was perfect for this as the fruit and meringue are sweet but not stodgy or heavy, and the chocolate drizzle complemented the two.
The whole experience was really lovely. We were thoroughly looked after from the moment we arrived until we left, and the food was all delicious. The setting is also beautiful and the interior of the restaurant really creates a cosy yet sophisticated atmosphere which would be perfect for family meals, date nights and sunday roasts alike.
The Wild Goose is a lovely addition to Altrincham and is definitely one to watch in 2022. You can head to the website here for menus and to book.
*This visit was gifted. As ever, all opinions are my own.