I visited as a member of a self funding group booking and had mixed feelings about the venue having read a number of reviews on TA. My experience may therefore not correlate with that of ordinary diners.
Ambience / style – Attempts to be a mix of trendy wine bar and restaurant with outside table for the bistro café set when weather permits. I am not really sure it succeeds at any of them!
Staff – seem competent if not smiling that often which is not a really criticism just a fact, they are not paid to smile - it just helps.
Food / Menu – because of the size of our group I think our choices were limited. I had the pea pesto pearl barley risotto as a starter which was delicious although the portion size was border line for being a main. I am not that keen on fish, especially shellfish, which limited my options so I chose the twice cooked pork which in and of itself was nice however the bed of boiled shredded cabbage it sat on and the ‘cabbage water’ that came with it were poor accompaniments indeed. Some thought about ditching the cabbage, adding a jus using apple / calvados and perhaps some Lyonnaise potatoes, and baby carrots or other seasonal vegetable would improve this dish no end.
Drinks / Wine List – I stuck to over priced mineral water as I was driving and therefore unable to partake but the list looked adequate if a little pricey, but that is apparently the ‘Leigh Broadway’ factor at play.
Price / Value for money – I paid the group organiser so I have no idea if the whole £15 was for the food but if it was it was poor value for what I had.
Would I go back? – probably not unless I had prior notice of the menu choices and could ascertain what the accompaniments were and portion size.
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