By Robin Atkins
I was invited to undertake a review of this new venue in the heart of Alderley Edge and was interested to know what all the fuss was about !
I understand that Parea has become the new ‘in place’ in the village in just a few weeks and has been packed virtually every day. Fully realising that this is normal for a new venue which is fine but this has been unprecidented.
The word Parea in Greek culture is a group of friends who regularly gather together to share their experiences about life, their philosophies, values and ideas. The atmoshere this venue has created certainly epitomises this which is enhanced with full blown vibrancy!
All the staff were extremly friendly and it was patantly clear that the bar staff were enjoying themselves mixing an amazing range of cocktails.
The upstairs is very special and no expense has been spared to create a relaxing environment which oozes pure opulance – perfect for a romantic evening or those special occasions !
We were met by Chantele Heskey (wife of Emil Heskey the premier league and England footballer). She is one of the owners and was a delight – friendly, helpful and very self assured she looked after us extremely well. I questioned her regarding comments I had seen (I ignore Trip Advisor), and heard regarding the standard of service and she agreed that there have been teething problems simply because of they were overwhelmed with the level of attendances. She was very honest which I respected and she was confident that improvements have been made with increased training.
One look at the menu and we were quite simply, shocked at the incredible value of all the superb options available. I would have expected that these would be at least 25% more – they were exceptional.
We chose the Antipasti for 2 as a starter – a beautifully presented 3 teir platter which included 3 teirs of Prawns, Smoked Salmon and Asparagus, Charcuterie, Pate, Capers and Manchego. Soup shot (we took a guess at Brocholli & Stilton), Olives and Guacamole. What a fabulous introduction and the price, just £16.
The main courses have been expertly created to suit all taste buds and Gayle selected the Cod Loin, crisby bacon, brown shrimp butter and sweet potato hash – her verdict - full of flavours which fused perfectly – a definate 10 out of 10 and the price – just £13.50.
I opted for the Cumin crusted Lamb Rump with Korma sauce, roasted almonds and flatbread. The lamb was cooked perfectly - very tender and the Korma sauce was the perfect accompaniment and the price – just £13 - Ridiculous for such a fine dish and the portions for both our choices were generous to say the least.
Feeling sonewhat replete we both passed on the dessert options but Chantele insisted we try one even if we share. Pecan pie with ice cream, An Excellent finale to a memorable meal.
The wine and cocktail list had everthing you need to complement your meal – again at extrordinary prices. Chantele insisted that we couldn’t leave without trying one of the tempting range of cocktails. We were both glad that we accepted!
Parea is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner serving a wide range of cuisine which would suit all tastes and budgets. Healthy options are in abundance and there is also a Little People Menu for the kids.
If you haven’t visited before it’s a must – booking advisable if you wish to eat. Otherwise just enjoy the friendly banter in the bar !
Parea, 34, London Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7DZ .
Telephone 01625 586186