Visited on Saturday night with some visiting American friends, mostly because music was on offer after 9pm. Restaurant wasn't particularly busy when we arrived at the back of 7pm. We were offered drinks straight away and they very quickly wanted to take the food order before we'd even opened the menus! Anyway, I had a very delicious sweet potato, chilli and coconut soup with some lovely crusty bread followed by a very generous and tasty plate of steak pie and chips. There was plenty to fill me up and it took a good while to eat. My friend had fish and chips which was also huge, well-cooked and good quality. It was just as well, then, that nobody cleared our plates for a good 25 minutes after we'd finished our main courses, as we wouldn't have felt ready for dessert. Maybe that's part of the strategy!?
My friend who'd just ordered a coffee while we ate the main course had her plate which still had the big lump of fudge truffle on it (which I was eyeing up!) removed before she could eat it, which I thought was slightly poor form.
Anyway, four of us had sticky toffee pudding for dessert and although it was better than I've had in other places, it had no fruit in it and had clearly been microwaved, which is always a disappointment. When we'd finished, we were again ignored for quite a while, I think because the music had started in the next room. It was a request night, it seems - lots of old American favourites, which wasn't quite what I expected from a band called 'Pure Malt' - anyway.
Overall, good quality food from a limited but sufficient menu. Service was slow and bit impersonal, though. The food made up for it, of course!
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