We were invited to lunch by old friends who live close by. The staff were welcoming and one bonus was that the pub (or its terrace) is dog friendly.
We ordered roast pork belly. In Britain you only order roast pork for one reason, CRACKLING, crunchy, salty, wicked deliciousness. Four of us ordered pork and four of us were seriously disappointed when our plates arrived without the prerequisite crackling. As a chef I can say that there is no good excuse for this. You remove the crackling layer from the belly and cook it separately. It's basic stuff.
We registered our disappointment and there was an offer to comp something, which was a bold move, but deep frying a little pork fat would have saved the day. The pork itself and the vegetables were good, the roast potatoes were undercooked, al dente inside, which is not right; crunchy exterior, fluffy interior.
We ordered desserts and an hour later they still hadn't appeared by which time we had lost interest. The last time we chased them up, they returned to the table with a list of things that they no longer had, vanilla ice cream, pouring cream; all items that are available for purchase from the grocery shops in the same road!!!
It's a real shame because it is a handsome venue, the staff are sweet, but very poorly managed, and the kitchen needs a chef who understands the fundamentals.
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