Family group of 4 booked in advance, as still under the impression that the restaurant was indeed the Poachers that had been such a very highly respected fish restaurant of recent years. Lady who took the booking was the lady who greeted us last night, a little stiffly both times, which was a great shame as she became far warmer in character as we left! Maybe it was us! The menu immediately made us realise that this was no longer a fish restaurant, so we felt a little aggrieved - why keep the name? The choices - thai-spiced chicken, boneless pork ribs in barbeque sauce, cod in white wine sauce - were all excellent, really faultless with lovely tasty veg on the side, and plenty of everything. The puds - winter apple and walnut sponge with toffee sauce and a chocolate torte - were also extremely good, but the cheese board - a selection of lovely Snowdonia waxed cheeses - appeared a little rough&tumble in presentation with Jacobs crackers rather than a delicatessen's artisan range which would have been more appropriate to reflect the price. The atmosphere & service has been criticised in a previous review, and we have to agree, the decor was a beige textured wallpaper with some exceptionally bland old framed pictures and in desperate need of upgrade, and the waitress was sweet but neither encouraging nor warm. A real pity as the food was worth far more than this. The place became packed but at best it felt a tad repressive and odd.
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