We chose to ring and book a table but, as it turned out, we needn't have worried. I can see why you ought to though. This is a thoroughly pleasant place to come for a relaxing lunch. The smart refurbishment did take the eye but what stood out for me was the service. The staff could not have been nicer. The food was delicious and well presented. Chips cooked in duck fat were almost worth the trip in themselves. I had an excellent plate of pork and leek sausages and mash. I ordered a glass of rioja which was excellent, but served in a ridiculously huge glass. Such pretentiousness! Tasted good though. At this point, a couple of friends turned up. They had already eaten but it was obviously no hassle to accommodate another couple who ordered drinks and crispy pancake rolls, just to be matey. It was then I heard the beer list and kicked myself for missing out on that. Such a variety of unusual and characterful ales. The coffee was first rate and we were allowed to stay and chat for ages after the restaurant cleared.
I have one gripe. Why do these places-upmarket in every other way- have vile drum and bass thumping musak? Totally out of keeping with the modern feel of the place and, like the silly wine glasses, reflective of an era I had thought we were escaping from.
We will certainly go back.
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