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The Albany, St. Albans

Delicious food with cheerful, if disorganised service.

We ordered:

Gravadlax with sweet mustard sauce - this was a huge portion of succulent fish, surrounded by fresh salad leaves and ribbons of cucumber, drizzled with sweet mustard dressing.

Slow baked peppers with tomato, grilled hallumi, rocket & olive salad - finely chopped morsels of hallumi and smokey peppers mixed with tomatoes, olives and rocket, perfectly complimenting one another.

Pan fried supreme of Scottish salmon with a sweet chilli prawn & saffron risotto - tender salmon with a risotto that was both creamy and spicy.

Gressingham duck breast, with vanilla mash, sugar snaps & baby carrots - the duck beautifully fell apart in my mouth.  I was surprised by how well the vanilla flavour paired with the mashed potatoes.

Our food was ordered before our drinks, which when they arrived were actually wrong, but there was no one around to mention it to, so we had to make do.  When we had finished ordering our meals, the waitress tried to take the menu while my partner was ordering drinks.  Our mains were initially brought before our starters.  Wine glasses were left on our table despite us not having ordered wine.

The venue - lovely wooden beams, a little cramped in the back section but we were happily seated in the front by the bar.  The ladies toilets were shocking, one door wouldn't close and the other would, with a great deal of force, but would not lock.

I haven't decided whether or not I would return, the food was incredible but the rest of the experience was only salvaged by the company.

Cruel Intentions

Scandalously sexy and sordid adaptation of Dangerous Liasons.

Step brother and sister Sebastian and Kathryn weave their way into the beds of Manhattan's socialites and staff alike, Sebastian counting his conquests, forever immortalizing them in his journal, while Kathryn strives to maintain her position at the top of the social ladder, at the cost of anyone who gets in her way.  With the help of Sebastian, Kathryn sullies the reputations of her enemies, whilst maintaining their friendship.  Kathryn manipulates Sebastian into bedding and leaving the one woman he ever loves, in order to be with her, but on realising he no longer loves her, she admits she has played him for a fool.  Whilst trying to win back his love, Annette, Sebastian gets into a fight with one of his conquests' true love, who has been informed of his actions by Kathryn.  It all ends in tragedy as Sebastian dies, and Kathryn's rein is brought to an end by Annette's publication of Sebastian's journal.

This film makes you want to become a seductive and manipulative siren, it is the perfect antidote to a break up.