Have been here many times for lunch and dinner, the proprietors are great, and we have always looked upon it as a favourite. However, my friend and I visited for lunch recently and were a little disappointed. We don't mind where we sit in this lovely old pub, and this time we were sat in the bar, which was fine. The young barmaids were unfortunately not very attentive. They were polite enough, it was not particularly busy, but they seemed more interested in chatting to the customers at the bar, and each other than taking our order. I ordered the cheese and chutney baguette, with a side of chips, described as a 'handfull'. The baguette was ok, the cheese was fine, but the amount of chutney was overpowering, tons and tons of it, most of it I scraped out. The chips were indeed a handfull,literally 5 of them. Granted, they were thick chips, but for the price, I think a few more would have been appropriate. We gave up waiting for a waitress to ask for the bill, and headed to the bar to pay, which was greeted with a little sniff from the barmaid. I can't help but feel the food has become a little too 'gastro', and it is a personal preference, but I liked it better when you got more for your money, just decent, regular food, served on a plate, rather than a giant chopping board. Better for dinner here, I think.
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