My wife and I eat out often and this is the third time we have eaten at this pub, but the first time we have had lunch there. I have rated them very highly for 3 reasons:
1) The food quality. I had the liver and bacon and it was perfectly cooked (not always the case with liver). The accompanying mash and gravy were spot on and the roasted glazed carrots and parsnips were the best I have tasted for some time. My wife had an omelette which was large, fresh and tasty (there is a choice of fillings) and she also cleared the plate.
2) Value for money. They did not sacrifice quantity for quality - there was more than enough for a lunch and I have a healthy appetite. These main courses were £5.95 each! I have paid that in another country pub (see my review of The Navigation Inn Lapworth) for a less than satisfactory sandwich.
3) Service. Our friend chose the Mushroom stroganoff which she really enjoyed. It was a large portion so she left just one or two mushrooms which were slightly firm (clearly, unlike the uniform cultivated mushrooms this can happen with wild mushrooms) Although she had not said a word to us or to the waitress when the waitress delivered the bill she told us that they had not charged for the mushroom dish as they felt some of the mushrooms must have been 'chewy'. Our friend disagreed and said we were perfectly happy with the dish but they still refused to charge us. You can often learn a lot about the way a restaurant cares about customer service by the way they handle a complaint - how much more do you learn when they respond not to a complaint - but to their OWN perception of their standards of quality.
So, I write this review with mixed feelings - I hope a lot of people go there and enjoy it as we did - but not so many we cannot get in next time!
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