We went to this restaurant for lunch and came away with mixed feelings about both the food and the restaurant's service.
We made an early lunchtime booking as we have a young child and so, when we arrived, it was almost empty and therefore fairly quiet and lacking in atmosphere apart from the lovely roaring fire. There are some lovely traditional features to the restaurant's building; the fireplaces, old wood beams etc, but there are also a few slightly tacky pictures and tired tables (our even looked like it was an outdoor one) which detracted a little from what could be a very nice interior.
Most of the waiting staff were generally very friendly and attentive apart from one quite abrupt waitress who I found to be a little brusk! The level of service did however decline quite considerably as more and more diners came to the restaurant and we found ourselves waiting for about 20 to 25 minutes between our starters and main courses and for quite a long period of time after we had finished our meal and wanted to pay our bill.
In terms of the food, both of our starters were lovely - we had the bruschetta and the calamares. The presentation was elegant and the ingredients undoubtedly fresh. Our mains were a little more disappointing as they both arrived semi-warm and we had expected my husband's fish and chips to include proper homemade chunky chips instead of the french fries (which were possibly also cooked from frozen). The sirloin steak was generous and deliciously cooked although I had asked for it to be served rare and it was served to me cooked medium.
There wasn't a specific childrens menu but in an Italian restaurant you can't usually go wrong with pizzas and pasta, and there is lots to choose from, and there was a special cheese and tomato childrens pizza which you can then choose to add any number of different toppings to. Be warned though, if you are bringing a young child to eat here and they are put off by large portions; the childrens pizza is what we would have called adult sized and very, very big for a young child.
In all, we found this to be a pleasant restaurant and may go back sometime for a convenient pizza lunch but it is not really somewhere we would rush back to.
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