It is easy to see why this has attained such a level of popularity on this forum. I tried it without booking, relying on it being midweek and struck lucky. I suspect I may not have been so fortunate on a weekend night.
The ambiance is just right. Good sized tables. Linen napkins. Nice decor with some interest. Piano tinkling away in the background. Well presented staff. Clear menu with enough choices but not so many that you know it is coming out of a freezer/microwave.
The bread that came without any order was fresh and light and probably the best I have ever tasted. Apparently it is made each afternoon ready for the evening service. My asparagus and smoked sea trout starter was nice and had a lovely salad on the side. The lamb was also a triumph and is said to be locally sourced. The strawberry mouse with filo-pastry,meringue and vanilla ice-cream was not as I expected a type of Eton-mess, had rather less meringue than I expected and had strawberry ice-cream rather than vanilla ice- cream. But it was refreshing and well received.
The drinks feature a number of locally sourced beers from micro-breweries and I found the Green Daemon lager very acceptable and at £4 for 500 ml, good value.
In short a lovely place with very good food and drink. I will definitely go again.
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