COMPLAINTS about the food are unheard of at one Chester pub – because you cook it yourself.
Visitors to The Frog, Liverpool Road, Upton, can choose to order from a Black Rock Grill menu where your dish is presented on a piece of 400°C volcanic granite for diners to cook at the table.
Landlord, Steve Acton, who has been at The Frog for more than six years, said he was inspired by cooking methods in Spain and Portugal.
He said: “It’s unique – you can take your time eating and your food will stay hot.
“All we have to do is sear the meat and bring it to your table, so you don’t have to wait before tucking in, either.”
Dishes including ostrich and swordfish have also been a great success.
“Ostrich, though a little unconventional, is becoming more popular and is a really healthy choice. It contains a quarter of the fat of chicken and virtually no cholesterol.
“We source our meat from a farm in Lincolnshire so it’s all traceable too.”
Diners carve the meat on the rock and turn the slices over on the hot slab to cook as they go, which means you don’t have to wait for the dishes to come from the kitchen.
Chef Clayton Langford said: “It is a lot healthier and the meat doesn’t shrink – all we have to do is put a little salt onto the rock, season and sear the meat in the kitchen and take it out. It’s a brilliant idea, and takes pressure off the kitchen too.”