Aspects of this bar/restaurant are good, the ingredients are high quality - the meal deal of two courses plus a glass of wine, or soft drink, between 5 and 7 pm, is excellent. The only waitress in the upper zone, where we were sitting, was working flat out and needed a colleague. But she remained smiling all the time and coped as well as anyone can, at full stretch.
But the decor is 'tired garish', with the clashing lime, coffee, amber, brown, pink and mustard in urgent need of a tasteful update. The mains were very good, we both had the warm haddock and asparagus salad.
The meringue dessert was unavailable, pity as we had both wanted this. The creme brulee alternative came with cookie dough at the base. What is cookie dough? It was like raw biscuit mixture and the natural enemy of soft custard with a crunchy brulee top. The seasonal fruits to one side were yummy. Just couldn't get the sticky doughy mess off my spoon to enjoy them fully.
In essence, then, with enough staff, new paintwork and more attention to puds, this place could be a five-star experience. But, as it was, we left saying to one another, yes, could be good. Misses a few important elements, at the moment.
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