It's Sunday! The weather is grey, but not so cold that you stay indoors. And you're staying with friends in the Thames Valley. What do you do? You find somewhere different - and this location has it's attractions. You can walk to a windmill associated with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, examine a church - how do churches survive in such a small hamlet - and have lunch in the local pub. Well, the walk up the slope to the windmill was hazardous, protected by blackthorn bushes and loose soil, and the windmill at the top was not worth it - although the view of the hamlet below most certainly was. The church was wonderful - from architecture, to historic reminder of continuing faith, to signs of new, if rather unrefined life - coffee cups left on the pews, disused church furniture cluttering up the lady chapel, but the acoustics that are always a reminder of the sanctity of the place. Then there is lunch. Service was provided by sweet and willing staff. I ordered the vegetarian option could be served with a salad rather than the vegetables and gravy - the salad was miniscule, nor was the vegetarian wellington large. I suspect it is not ordered often. My friends had the roast - fresh vegetables with a reasonably sized portion of roast meat on top. The main course was about £12.50 a head. My suggestions: 1. I asked whether they had any sauces to accompany my dish - I was given a squeezy bottle of mayonnaise. Please, surely cranberry sauce or redcurrent jelly could have been provided. 2. Salads: don't treat them as garnish, treat them as an important part of the meal. And thirdly, people need to be aware that space is an issue - book ... or go elsewhere ... or sit as close to an occupied table as you can and hijack the table the moment people get up to go.
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