This dining room tries hard to deliver a fine dining experience, but falls short, despite its rating in the Michelin Guide. I had the tiger prawns, which were well presented, but underneath the presentation very standard fare. The pork belly again looked good, but the skin was burned rather than seared and the texture fatty and a bit glutinous. The dessert proved to be a bar of rather mediocre chocolate ice cream with some nuts sprinkled on top. Service was charming but rather random throughout, with long waits and items forgotten.
I don't mind the slightly idiosyncratic decoation and the slight atmosphere of faded Victorian glories: but this restaurant needs to focus on the basics of impeccable service and food if it wants to charge double the price of the St Crispin Inn across the road, where the welcome is warmer and the steak and kidney pie unctuous.
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