There are many things I like about The Penny Farthing. For one thing, it's not a gastro pub. Gastro pubs fill me with horror primarily because they try to be something they aren't and usually fail but still cheerfully charge the earth for mediocre grub. For another thing, it has a classic rural pub interior. There are few honest pubs left, but The Penny Farthing is one of them. The menu is surprisingly long but with a shorter lunchtime menu with smaller portions at cheaper prices, which in these times of austerity is to be welcomed. The waiter said we were free to order from either the lunchtime or evening menus so there was tons of choice. We were a large party - seven in all. I think the bill was about £40 not including drinks, which I think anyone would agree is super value. I had that great classic, breaded mushrooms with garlic mayo and a side salad. Two people had scampi (the eight piece lunchtime portion not the ten piece dinner portion), and other choices included cottage pie, steak and ale pie, and fish and chips. The food was hot and hearty. My daughter had banoffi pie to finish. All in all, this was honest pub grub in decent portions at a very fair price with friendly and accommodating service. Great find.
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