Had a post-Alderley-Edge-walk late lunch here on a Saturday afternoon recently with my wife, my wife's parents and my young daughter, so a good generational spread to cater for!
The venue itself is well presented inside and out and has a decent sized car park. The first thing I noticed going through the door was the "Number 1 on Tripadvisor" signs and why not, it's the reason we chose to eat here.
The initial service was fine, we were greeted as soon as we arrived and taken to our reserved table. The only minor complaint at this stage was that there was no cutlery provided for our daughter; I thought after the starters were brought out the waitress would come back with some but in the end we just had to take a fork from another unused table.
So on to the food. My starter was disappointing; I had the fish cakes and they were bland and not seasoned well which was a shame. I tried some of the liver pate as well, this was better and a generous portion too.
I had the ribeye steak for the main which was much nicer than my starter. I also tried some of the ribs which my wife ordered; they were nice too. All the portions for the mains were very generous and everyone in our party was very much stuffed at this point. I did manage to squeeze in some desert, I had the sticky toffee pudding which was nice and tried a bit of my wife's tiramisu which was also good.
Overall the food was good, some disappointments in there but nothing major and like I say, the portion sizes are very generous, which can only be a good thing when it comes to a good pub meal.
Service up until this point has been fine. Unfortunately, after our deserts were cleared we seemed to get forgotten about. I was expecting someone to come back and offer us more drinks, coffee or the bill. We waited, finished our drinks, waited some more, but no one seemed bothered about coming over which is a real shame. In the end after 20 minutes I gave up and went to the bar to settle up. And sorry, but if I have to go up and get the bill myself, I'm not leaving a tip!
In terms of the overall bill, it was pretty much in line with a lot of pub-restaurants south of Manchester. I wouldn't say it was great value, but it wasn't extortionate by any means.
Overall, I think it's a nice place. I think both the food and service could be improved a little but I could say that about a lot of places. I'd happily eat there again and look forward to doing so.
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