For years this was one of our favourite go-to gastropubs in London but it's under new owners and its star is sadly fallen. For a hit of seasonal nostalgia my wife & I visited just before Christmas but the place was a ghost of its former life. The wonderful decorations were largely absent; just a few days before Christmas the place was barely half full - a year ago you'd have had to book in advance; tables were scruffy, serviettes on the floor, toilets filthy & unchecked (there seemed to be more toilet paper in the restaurant than in the cubicles); food was reheated & overpriced in a way which suggested get-rich-quick new owners strangling a goose that used to lay golden eggs. One example: the 'salt & pepper' squid turned out to be reheated calamari rings in batter - we've had much better from our local Greek takeaway at half the price. Still a lovely drive to a dream location but until things change indoores you're better off turning around in the car park.
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