Perhaps we should have read a few more reviews as we were disappointed by the Artichoke. We are still not sure whether it was a pub as the scramble at the bar suggested when we entered. Is it a pub that does bar food as the pizza list suggests or a bistro that doubles as a quick food restaurant that the short order menu and 'bin-end' wine list suggests.
We had booked a table but when we entered no one took our name and we were shown to a table in the inner area which was empty at the time. I asked for a lager expecting a peroni or similar but was given a tasteless bud from the well. I ordered a sardine based starter expecting fresh sardines as I would get at any good restaurant in Cornwall but these were either tinned or vac-packed and rather tasteless. Unfortunately our mains were equally uninspiring so we went without dessert paid the bill and walked down the canal bank to Alexander's to finish our evening with some good jazz.
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