Stopped for lunch on a recent warm and sunny March afternoon. Plenty of seating outside from which to enjoy the view over the village. Friendly landlord and quite a large menu. We opted for the special two for £9.95 menu and wished we had not as soon as it arrived, first the condiments,napkins and even the cutlery are dumped on the table in a small picnic basket, looks a good idea until you spot a dirty used napkin amongst them and the cutlery is not even wrapped in a clean one so just scrabble around the bottom to find a pair. The food arrived very quickly which always sends alarms bells and it was clear to see that the dry warmed up chicken breast and very, very soft potatoes had been warmed up. smeared with a bit of sauce and a small handful of bagged lettuce dumped on the side, my ham egg and chips were dreadful, large chips totally sodden with fat, wet ham, dry peas , the eggs were the only slightly redeeming feature as were at least freshly cooked, thankfully hard to have preprepared fried eggs!! It may appear good value but really its not if its blooming awful is it. Real shame as has great potential. There are many pubs offering this kind of deal, it does not have to be this bad. Could not tell if the main menu would be prepared any better but I very much doubt it, how hard is it to at least provide good chips?
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