We visited for lunch on a Friday. The front half of the oak-beamed restaurant section is quite dark even at mid-day and some tables had candles on them. We moved to the rear of the restaurant, which has views over the pub garden. There were three specials on the board and I ordered 'Steak of River Test trout with prawn butter, wilted greens and new potatoes (£12.95)'. My wife went for 'Cod and chips, with mushy peas (£10.95)'.
I thought the portion of trout somewhat small for the price. It was a wishbone-shaped slice cut through the fish. It tasted good, but I could have done with more of it. There was a good-size block of butter infused with prawn pieces. The potatoes were cooked just right, not too soft. Basically I enjoyed the dish and would have rated it more highly had the portion been bigger.
The cod was slightly overcooked with the batter brown rather than golden. The fish inside was fine. I had a pint of some Cornish real ale, which tasted good, and my wife had a half of Beck's lager. The bill came to around £32 for two dishes and two drinks - not so cheap but it was all pretty good. Certainly the restaurant area is a pleasant place to enjoy a meal.
When I came to pay, they would not accept £20 notes with Elgar's picture on the back, even though the internet tells me that these are legal tender for another 9 days. If they are taking such a view, they could perhaps have presented to me a clearer picture of why they would not accept these notes.
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