Readers will know that I am careful and balanced in my opinions.
The pub and hotel is run by Rafael (Raffa) from Spain and Peta (def.from UK). The bar has a limited selection of cider and beer on tap. The eating accommodation both inside and outside is relaxed and spacious. Outside you can play petang? Boules to you and me which we did for half an hour prior to lunch.
On offer was a special lunch for £10 including small glass of wine. This was a big ask of a place where the average price of a main course was £13ish. My partner had a salmon pate; I had a poached egg with asparagus., This was about all the choice we had for first course except filled cibattas.
The food was of very good quality but the portion was small. Feeling slightly hungry I added a normal price plaice for about £12. This arrived, again immaculately presented but the chips - imagine a tin cup of chips - were very small. Why not be more generous I thought. Do people not normally finish larger portions.
The second course was a variety of sweets including sourbet (which my partner had) and a mess, which I had. Again, bijoux in quantity. Good for a hot day but not nourishing in the winter.
I see a 'two course' meal as a starter plus main, or a main plus sweet, not a starter plus sweet.
I think if they offered a genuine two course for £12, that would work and would not compromise on quality. I think the phrase is 'caught between two stools'.
Have no doubt that the food is excellent but think a little about what you want.
I understand that the accommodation is excellent so if you want a reasonably priced stop over in a rural setting, this is the place to go.
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