The Cherry House has been producing fine British dining “with a respectful nod to classic French” for twenty years under the control of Chef/Patron Andrew Corrick. The reviewer noted that “the food of course is paramount, but it is the little things such as impeccable service…that make a difference.”
Hats off also to The Peterborough Telegraph and Brad Barnes. Why? First of all, I applaud the newspaper not because of its glowing review (seriously!) of a valued client, but because whether or not one agrees with the review, they are at least carried out unannounced. They are the honest, albeit subjective view of the reviewer at the time. Moreover, in my experience, the reviewer pays full price (no discounts to curry favour) and most importantly, does not demand a fee! What do I mean? Well, I was approached only this week by an independent organisation offering to review this same establishment, however in return their terms were two complimentary meals (two table d’hote covers at £26.95 each) and a fee that would stretch the “cost” of the review to nudging £150, assuming they ordered something other than tap water.
We declined of course, not because of the cost but the principle. A review is only a review if it is independent and its integrity unquestionable, otherwise it is merely advertorial.
So well done The Cherry House at Werrington and well done Peterborough Telegraph!