This pub was brilliantly run for many years by a lovely couple who served well-kept beers and excellently-cooked food. I booked it for my birthday not realising it was under new management.
The staff assured us that all the staff and chef were the same; just the manager had changed - although i didn't recognise any of them i hadn't been there for a year. The place has been given a Farrow and Ball facelift although there was nothing much wrong with it before. Sadly, the prices have gone up and the food quality has gone down. Of the 7 mains and 8 starters ordered, only about half were good. The scallops and black pudding starter was good, the asparagus and poached egg disappointing. The best main was actually liver and bacon which was cooked excellently, and fish and chips. The chips have the skins on which is fine if you scrub them well but they some were gritty with soil residue. The 2 lamb tagines were utterly inauthentic and wrongly spiced - prunes would have been more appropriate than apricots and the cumin was overwhelming with little other depth to the spice mix. Duck and mango salad was just average and would have benefited from the duck being warm, fatty meat never being best served fridge-cold - and the mango overripe. That should have been an easy dish to get right. The sausage and mash was ok and the gravy was very good. Desserts were poor. Mains were all upwards of £13.50, starters mostly £7 - £9. I would say service was slow. Trying hard with the prices and presentation but the food sadly doesn't live up to the menu so i would have to consider it a bit of a rip-off and wouldn't go back except for a beer in passing. Shame, this used to be so much better and served top-quality honest food.
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