We had high hopes when considering the enticing and not overlong dinner menu and specials. Unfortunately only two dishes that we ordered really stood out - sweet, fresh moules in a not too salty wine and onion mariniere sauce - and a rabbit confit served with a hazlenut salad.
The lamb kebabs with anchovy and rosemary were - surprisingly for the high price - made of minced lamb and had no discernable taste besides that of minced lamb. Where was the salty anchovy or rosemary tang? They were served on salad leaves that were doused with so much oil that I could not eat them. The curried sweet potato parcels tasted like they were filled with just mashed sweet potato - there was no spice discernable, let alone any curry heat. These alone cost £12, with their accompanying green beans. My partner (who as a Northerner, loves a good pie) pronounced the sussex steak and ale pie as average.
The lavender creme brulee had no discernable lavender at all, although the accompanying biscuits did at least have the promised lemon flavour. The chocolate brownie was strangely hard - we had ordered one to split between the children and as I divided it, I was surprised the texture was more like biscuit than cake. Unusually for a brownie, nobody in our family wanted to finish it.
The service was friendly, attentive and efficient, the napkins were real cloth, the dining area was warm and inviting, the beers and wine were really good quality. It was just such a shame that the execution of the meals did not live up to the promise raised by the rather expensive menu.
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