Living locally, the choices of good cuisine are a little limited. The totally renovated and modernised Hercules is not just a welcome addition but also raises the bar substantially for most if not all of the area. We've been a few times now and as the new management has found its feet the restaurant has really developed it's own unique feel and atmosphere, a great combination of friendly local pub and fine cuisine, suitable for all occasions. I would however like pass comment on the prior review, I think it is perhaps harsh to criticise for not having a stair lift. We have a disabled relative and on making a previous reservation I asked about access to the restaurant upstairs, the manager explained that although they had during planning requested a stair lift, as the building is listed it had sadly not been possible to get permission, but that they did have dining in the main bar area, with disabled access. Having eaten both downstairs and upstairs I have to say we have seen no noticeable difference in the service speed. Personally we have always had a terrific experience at the Hercules and are pleased to recommend it.
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