Visited the Mushroom on spec whilst staying at a local hotel. The menu is fairly standard Italian - pasta, pizzas, meat, chicken and steak dishes. We started with a selection of breads, garlic & cheese and the house crostini (mushrooms and bacon) - as the place is not very prepossessing, I was pleasantly surprised to find these freshly hand-made and very tasty. For mains we were very unadventurous, fettucine carbonara and spaghetti bolognaise for my daughters and I had a paesella pizza. It was all very tasty and (for the pasta) generous portions. My pizza was excellent - pizza is one of those things that is very easy to mess up - no mess here - delicious! A good crispy base and fresh flavoursome toppings. The wine list is short but in tune with a basic italian without great pretentions - we had a very drinkable Montepulciano - reasonably priced at £18.50. Service was very friendly - the restaurant had evidently been busy early doors with a number of unlaid/uncleared tables, which gave me pause when we walked in but it was soon evident that the excellent lady working front of house on her own was concentrating on serving the customers first - which was very welcome. On summary - a good, basic Italian restaurant - we paid £53 for two courses for three people including the above mentioned wine - so good value for money too!
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