Lets face it we all like a good local pub and you can call me old fashioned, but the idea of gettng home and being able to have a pint in your hand in 60 seconds is what dreams are made of.
2 years since moving here we have seen a few changes at the pub, it's never disappointed but did go through a stage of delivering what I would regard as too sophisticated a menu.
Now with the pub in new hands and the owner chef (Charlie) at the helm, order has been restored. What I like about the menu is that it changes regulary and now with the game season in full swing, Mallard and Pheasant have both made appearances on the menu.
Pub classics are often given a twist. Fish and chips transformed with a lightly pickled egg and mild curry sauce and I cant wait for this to return to the menu.
But lets get up to date. Last friday we popped in for an evening meal and were lucky to get a table, it was heaving with both bar and restaurant full. Its a small intimate pub with friendly staff and locals, so when its full the atmosphere is great.
I had the sardines to start with granary bread and mayonaise. The Sardines were cooked really well with nice crispy skin, a good start.
To follow I had what was essentually a cassoulet, which was very nice. It was a lttle salty and the beans could have done with a bit more cooking which would have helped the stock base, just thickened it up a little. The pork was very well cooked, it melted in your mouth and the sausage was a good meaty quality. Rachel went for the feather steak which always pleases. Cooked medium rare, its a cut that is full of flavour.
To finish the old classic apple pie and custard, perfect althogh a little stingy with the custard, all washed down with a nice Pinotage, a good end to the working week.
The service is good and Nicki who heads up the front of house runs a tight ship.
All n all Its a great local pub and well worth a visit even if its not your local. I hope it keeps to its pub food roots unlike the Dyke which has lost its way.
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