Now before I start, let me say that this review is based on only one visit so I may have just been unlucky... On the day in question the pub was full of people who all seemed to be having a good time and enjoying their food but unfortunately that wasn't our experience.
To be fair we do present a challenge to pubs because one of our family is lactose intolerant and gluten intolerant. This does constrict somewhat the range of food that she can eat. To make maters worse another member has advanced dementia and thus has other difficulties. Full marks then to the who'd have thought it for being willing to try to cater.
In fairness the service was ok and the atmosphere was friendly. At first glance the menu was impressive with a vast range of sophisticated food. Unfortunately things went a bit awry when the food actually arrived. To be frank while the soup was over laced with seasoning (which tasted like Monosodium Glutamate - but may or may not have been) and unfortunately it also contained butter (which made the lactose intolerant person ill). Meanwhile the rest of the meal was rather bland and left us all feeling disappointed. The food was simply unappetising and three of our party suffered with minor stomach upsets afterwards.
Bearing in mind the fact that many other people seem to have had better experiences at this place (to judge from reviews on here) it does seem possible that we may have just been unlucky and caught them on a bad day. However sadly we wont be going back to find out, as there are other places nearby where we have had a much better experience.
I suppose my overall feeling is that, while this could be a perfectly decent ordinary pub, they were trying far too hard to produce a vast range of "gastro pub" menu items, but obviously lacked the cullinary skills to successfully pull it off. On the whole they might have been better served by aiming for a simpler offering and doing it really well than trying for the uber sophisticated and not quite managing to get there.
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