By "average" I mean that while this pub offered decent food in a very English pub-like setting, it's nothing spectacular. The highlight of my experience was being seated next to a guy with an English accent.
Arrived at just after noon on a Tuesday, and while it felt a bit busy with the lively lunchtime crowd, at least half the tables were empty, so finding a seat was no problem. The setting is your standard English pub with wood panel walls and interesting 19th century oil paintings adorning the walls. The seating was comfortable, although the lighting was a bit harsh/bright for a pub. Overall, it seemed clean and interesting. My favourite was the little Guinness beer Christmas light string above the bar.
The menu was what you'd expect in an English pub, with all your standard pub food and drinks at very reasonable prices. ($11.00 for a burger with salad/fries and $7.75 for a pint of Guinness.) The quality of the food was OK, although the burger bun seemed to be slightly over-toasted and a bit greasy. One shouldn't have to feel the need as I did to wipe the burger bun off with a napkin. Anyway, the patty itself was cooked as it should be and the cheddar cheese seemed fine, although a bit on the sparse side. Need to have a much thicker slice on there. The "wedge green salad" was a decent enough salad, and tasted fresh. As for the salad dressing—and this is a complaint I have with 90% of all places including this one that serve salads—the closest they ever have to an oil vinaigrette or a balsamic dressing is . . . drum roll please . . . sun-dried tomato or raspberry vinaigrette. Would it be too much to ask that pubs have an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing? Anyway, the salad was fine. Finally, the pint of Guinness beer was fine, although the bartender could use a bit of practice pouring a bigger head. Both the beer and the food arrived quickly, and it was possible to have lunch and be out of there in under an hour.
Service, in contrast, while efficient and responsive (albeit the server had difficulty remembering my water), was indifferent if not bordering on the unfriendly. Is it too much to ask that your server smile at least once? I didn’t feel particularly welcome or that my business really mattered, and any level of pleasantry or friendliness was entirely absent. It was also odd that instead of asking how my burger was, the server instead asked “so the burger tastes OK?” Nothing says being uninterested in your customer’s opinion like a leading question related to food quality.
Would I recommend Winston’s? Maybe, if you’re in a hurry and are OK with average pub fare. However, I’d go elsewhere next time I’m in town.
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