Been here a few times over the last 5 or 6 years. It is patchy but can be good. The menu has been heavily pruned and there isn't as much choice as there was. Had salmon & hake fishcakes as a starter. Balls rather than cakes. Pretty tasteless as seemed they to have a very high proportion of potato and little fish. Had a rib eye steak which I ordered medium rare, which is the way it came. It was small even for a 8oz, and had a particularly large chunk of fat in it. Sauce Bearnaise did not taste homemade and was a mean portion. Chips well oversalted. We ordered a bottle of the house tempranillo at £15.95. Much too much for an indifferent bottle of wine but the Rioja Crianza was £25. That is a lot round here. The way it was served left something to be desired. It was just plonked down on the table unopened. Felt like we weren't worth bothering with because we hadn't ordered something expensive. A good pint of Reel Ale was served though. Well kept and delicious. The seating plan was a little bizarre. At a two person table my seat and setting was staring at a curtain five feet away rather than into the room. Felt like the positioning was determined by making it easier to serve rather than considering the customer experience. There weren't many for a second sitting on a Friday in this usually heaving pub.
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