I had great expectations of the Lamb, having read the reviews here on TA, including the one by the local lady who's 6y old son wasn't allowed in and who turned up 5 minutes before closing time expecting the full service. Well that speaks for itself IMHO and I saw this as a positive and encouraging sign. In my day pubs were adult establishments where the under-aged were strongly discouraged and prohibited by law. Nowadays isn’t the best place for a 6y old to be taken out to eat, MacDonalds, KFC or Burgerking ? I'm sure 6y olds themselves would much prefer these sort of ‘restuarants’. Personally I don't want kids around when I go out for a meal in an adult environment; our children are now grown up and we would never have dreamed of taking them to a sophisticated place like the Lamb when they were that age and risk spoiling the pleasure of other adult diners out for a kids-free evening. That off my chest, what about the meal?
Full marks for ambience and a very pleasant waitress who was new but nevertheless got through the specials description very well. We were a party of four and all meals and wine were very good and enjoyable, except I regret to say for the lamb special main course which two of us chose. My wife said when it arrived at the table, she could hear it bleating it was so rare. I was reminded of the Clint Eastwood film in which, asked how he liked his steak, Clint said "Just wipe its ‘back side’ and lead it in". I do actually prefer steak well done with no pink, not 'point' (rare) as they say in France; the same for both of us who chose lamb. It would have been helpful if the waitress had given us the usual option of 'how do you like your lamb?' on ordering, but she didn't and we didn't think to ask. Why is lamb an exception to this tradition and the question only asked for beef steak ? We immediately asked for it to be cooked again but on its return the whole plate appeared only to have been just put under a warmer in the kitchen for a few minutes and frankly neither of us who chose the lamb enjoyed it very much even after the re-heating. Isn’t it funny how after complaining, the previously pleasant waitress seemed to have less time, smiles and eye contact for our table.
The lamb ‘special’ itself was served sliced on a bed of Rissotto which was rather bland and didn't enhance the experience, rare or re-heated. The hostess, to be fair, did deduct one of the meals from the bill, together with a coffee and desert as remedy for our disappointment, which we accepted at the time bringing the cost down to just over £35 per head for three courses, wine and coffee. I would be happy to return to the Lamb on our next visit to the area on the strength of everything else despite this experience, although I suspect our guests who are local to the area, may need persuasion.
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