Firstly I'll say we have been twice before and had good meals so my guess is that the food was just not suited to us on this evening (which is why I've given it 3 instead of 2 stars) but we were massively dissapointed with the meal we had here a couple of weeks back
My girlfriend ordered the rockpool which despite being a big fan of all the ingredients just found it a strange way to serve the ingredients and didn't enjoy it at all - was a like a watery fish soup but the stock was so overwhelming that you didn't get the flavour you'd hope from the meatier ingredients floating in the water. I had the coarse-pate type starter which was ok although the bread served with it was very thin and had a stale texture which was strange as the fresh bread given to you at the start was lovely.
For the mains we both had the chicken (thought the menu choice was quite poor) and this was perhaps the biggest dissapointment with the thigh and leg both being very average (not sure what we were expected from the cheapest cuts of chicken - but certainly not them to plain as they were) - the potatoes seemed simply boiled with a dash of olive oil (ie tasteless - never get why chefs do this as no-one I know rates this style) and the pretty unnattractive bed of veg underneath just was lacking in flavour and compatibility with the chicken. We then had a 15 min wait for our plates to be cleared.
The cost for this underwhelming chicken meal was £17 each which I have to say is pretty much a fine dining price in Cornwall (excluding the michelin stars Driftwood and N.Outlaw) and having dined at many good restaurants in Cornwall must say this is the poorest value meal I've had yet by some margin. I'm not sure of the justification of the price as the setting is on the main road (v limited views) - perhaps its because their is so little competition in this select tourist hotspot
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