What is it with pub grub these days? The menus talk the talk, but fail to represent what arrives on your plate.
This is a lovely place and certainly talks the talk, but the food just doesn't live up to what the menu would entice you to believe.
The flat mushrooms with goats cheese starter had flavour, but were dry - in fact, far too dry to be presented on more dry, biscuity toast. Still, there was always the main course to redeem first course...
Having opted for an exotically described seasonal salad with seared salmon in a lime salsa, I was expecting a mix of flavours to be waiting for me. What a disappointment; maybe it was the stronger flavoured starter that tainted my tastebuds, but this was possibly the blandest fish based dish I have ever tasted (if there was anything to taste). Not even extra pickle or mayo could improve things, it was just bland, bland, bland.
The Eton Mess for dessert was nice enough - but let's face it, it's not difficult to get puddings right when you're working with sugary flavours.
Even the filter coffee was weak and if you opt for Spring water to drink with your meal, take my advice and drink it out of the bottle if you don't want to smell the dishwasher on the glass.
All I can say is, I'm glad I wasn't paying and if I wasn't part of a large group of diners, I would have certainly complained about the food.
Can't fault the service though, the waitress was totally on the ball and remained attentive. No doubt I'll be down here again staying at the Premier Inn next door, but I won't eating any Beagle grub again.
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