I had eaten in this pub in its old guise, and it was pretty awful. The food was not very good and the decor very sad. Since it has been taken over by Thorley Taverns it has been given a complete refurbishment, in a nice modern, light style, and the food on offer is a cut above the average bar meal. We had a midweek lunch on this occasion.
The menu is quite adventurous, but still includes some standard favourites, such as fish and chips, and sausage and mash, but even these are very well presented as well as being excellently prepared. The bar is well stocked, and includes at least three cask ales. Staff are friendly, polite and knowledgeable. The coffee is better than at some of the well-known national chains. Prices are higher than in some comparable pubs, but overall the quality is worth it.
We have previously had a Sunday lunch here with a large family party, including a number of small and very lively children. We were given our own restaurant area on a mezzanine floor, where the kids could make as much noise as they liked without disturbing other diners, and where it didn't matter if they ran about a bit. We did not have a fixed menu, but all of the party were pleased with their choice of food, its quality and presentation.
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