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Jay

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Re: south7 in marple bridge
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2013, 04:45:09 PM »
Went to south 7 Friday night, got there early-ish, about 6 and got seated right away. Food came quick and and was really tasty. Not sure if they sell many deserts though as we couldn't quite manage to finish the main and side we ordered to our disappointment. By the time we left just over an hour later I don't recall seeing a single seat free! Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the background music.

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« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2013, 01:14:29 PM »
I'm not sure of the etiquette, as I'm new to such forums, but thank you both for your kind comments. I'm looking forward to visiting more of Marple's eateries and sharing my experiences here.

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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2013, 10:20:02 PM »
Welcome to the Marple forum Ms Albion.  That's a great review for your first-ever post : I hope you and your other half get chance to visit some other local places and post similarly thorough reviews.  As Dave said, it certainly raises the bar, so it's a hard act to follow.

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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2013, 06:13:59 PM »
What a brilliant review - thanks Ms A. It certainly raises the bar - I reckon the rest of us will have to raise our game now ;-)

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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2013, 02:23:53 PM »
I went with the other half on Saturday night and we kicked things off with a drink at the bar; he ordered a bottled ale from a long list of lesser known beers which pleased him no end, and I indulged my party mood with a generously mixed Southern Belle (iced enough but not so much that I felt short changed.) We hadn’t booked, but our table was ready long before the half hour stipulated by the bartender.
The restaurant is an intimate one with tables running down one side of a narrow room, opposite the bar and two bookable booths. A4 brown paper menus and “rustic” style wine glasses will be familiar to aficionados of Libby’s.  The kitchen, which must have been extremely hot that night given the stifling weather, is at the back, and despite the heat some witty banter looked like it was flowing over the grill and brought through by the plethora of friendly and very attentive staff.   Someone’s had a great time putting together a playlist for this place. Much feet tapping and swaying to the likes of Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do” and smatterings of Elvis had us (and not just us) singing along between mouthfuls.
Nothing so “suspiciously minded” about the menu however, which feels both genuine and well researched. The broad Southern States theme gives diners some tough choices, but we were there specifically to try the burgers.  The other half ordered the Pulled Pork – and I had The Smoker. Both burgers were full-on, can’t-lift-them-up-to-eat, so-better-tackle-with-cutlery affairs. Meltingly tender with good relishes providing bright contrast and the fries, seasoned to perfection, were crisp and pert on the outside, soft in the middle. Bonus marks to the coleslaw, frankly the best I have ever tasted, and the recipe for which I would pay good money for.  I think the other half “won” on his choice (but only marginally) due to the deeply savoury notes in the pork.  We both however felt that the bread buns had their work cut out. While there’s no doubting that the bread is of great quality, as a vessel for its delectable cargo, it’s just not man enough for the job, disintegrating all too easily. Let’s face it, no-one wants soggy bread, however delicious the juices.  I could go either way on the presentation.  The bright red plastic baskets feel a little gimmicky at first, but just about get away with it, and wasn’t a deal breaker particularly in light of diners also being offered a roll of kitchen paper in lieu of napkins.   (I’ve been apologetically dishing out sheets of kitchen roll to guests in our house for years, unaware that this may be in fact, the new thing to be doing).  Our appetites maxed out on the burgers, we skipped pudding in favour of another drink. (Though I’m bookmarking the apple pie next time.)  So, another beer for him, an attention-seeking cherry brandy for me, the colour of strawberry jelly, topped with cream. A jammy dodger of a cocktail. 
The other half is looking forward to a return visit so he can do the boy in a sweet shop bit over the beer menu.  I shall be ordering the ribs and the corn that I missed out on this time. I’d also like to see a greater choice of cocktails on the menu, and a couple of paler Rose wines on the list wouldn’t go amiss. Formal fine dining this aint, but it’s a lip-smacking load of fun, plastic red baskets, sticky fingers and all. We’ll be going back, and soon. 

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Re: south7 in marple bridge
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2013, 04:50:34 PM »
Haven't been to your new place yet, Dermot, but I hear it's jolly good.

you think im Dermot!!  :D .... you obviously dont know him very well if you think he'd post on here  ::)

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Re: south7 in marple bridge
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2013, 09:37:48 PM »
We went for lunch today. It was great-my son loved his burger and My husband and I were  happy because he ate 2 corn on the cobs with it, therefore having some healthy stuff! The staff employed by the family are always really friendly and professional. I would like to go back without the boy next and taste the cocktails! Another great addition to the village.

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Re: south7 in marple bridge
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2013, 08:06:21 PM »
I found myself there over the weekend, and I have to agree with gazwhite: it was very good. I noticed Ryan, who used to chef at Toast before it closed down, is now cheffing there. He turned out some really excellent stuff when he was at the aforementioned Toast and IMHO is someone to watch: if he progresses to somewhere in Manchester he could really be a huge success (I base this prediction on his excellent offerings at Toast).

The only criticism, really, would be the trays the burgers were presented in: plastic wicker-effect ones, approximately 10x5 inches in size. I know this is what the young people dig (and they comprised about 80% of the clientele when we were there) but I wasn't overly keen on this presentation and I would have preferred a plate instead. But I recognise that I was a guest on their terms, and let's face it: one doesn't go to a burger joint for its silver service.

The music was good - I remember hearing The Cars and Fleetwood Mac - and I'd happily go back.


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Re: south7 in marple bridge
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2013, 08:05:33 PM »
We tried it last week... Fantastic we thought! Really really nice.

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Re: south7 in marple bridge
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2013, 07:48:30 PM »
Looks interesting, having peered through the window when it wasn't open - however my irritation levels rose when I saw the way the menu was priced.  £7.5, £8.5 - what's that all about? Must be getting old.....

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Re: south7 in marple bridge
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2013, 05:03:05 PM »
has anyone been to the new "american smokehouse" style restaurant/bar??

looks really good

Haven't been to your new place yet, Dermot, but I hear it's jolly good.

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Re: south7 in marple bridge
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2013, 02:43:09 PM »
where exactly is it??

Where the spar used to be .

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Re: south7 in marple bridge
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2013, 02:31:18 PM »
where exactly is it??

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south7 in marple bridge
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2013, 02:07:25 PM »
has anyone been to the new "american smokehouse" style restaurant/bar??

looks really good