My wife and I had lunch here today, and had quite a good experience.
First impressions, small 17th century coaching inn set on two levels. Tables spread out well, and walls nicely decorated. Room was bright and clean. A lovely and cosy coal fire at one side of the room.
Meet and greet, was fine, we were shown to our table, soup and specials explained, and drinks order taken. Nice friendly waitress on duty.
Menu, had a nice choice of classic pub fayre with a few twists. The burger of the day was a morrocan spiced lamb burger, and the freshly prepared sausage of the day was also lamb, other dishes to choose from included a chicken tagine. This restaurant uses local produce, a definite highlight. We chose the ham and potato soup, and haggis fritters to start followed by a spicy beef salad and steak pie. One very nice touch is the menu contains half portions of certain choices.
Service, quick and efficient, the restaurant was quiet at the start but soon filled up but the single girl on duty performed very well.
Food, the starters were nothing short of superb. My wife loved her soup, and the haggis fritters were light, crispy and the fresh dressed salad and peppercorn sauce was so complimentary to the haggis. This high standard unfortunately was not quite met with the main courses. Firstly, even though my steak pie was tender and tasty, the chips were disappointing, again they appeared to be a catering , school dinner variety. My wifes beef salad was not what she expected and was disappointed with the meal presented to her. The beef was cut in strips and served in a chinese inspired spicy sauce. The strips were a little tough.
Value, pretty good, 2 starters, two mains, 2 large glasses of wine and a pint of best for £37.
Overall, did not quite maintain the standard created from the first impression and excellent starter course. We felt we would want to return, but disagreed with each other about whether we would recommend.
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