I have been here before and placed a review on Trip Advisor. As we have enjoyed eating here before I thought it would be really good to avail ourselves of the 50% off deal for January. It was busy when we went there for an late lunch on a Saturday. All began well, we were seated and received menus and the waiter soon returned to take our drinks orders and tell us that there were no mussels. This was the second restaurant i have been in this week that seemed to have struggled with obtaining these my young dining companion informed me it was because of the storms we were having. And as she is a teenager this must be so.
We took some time considering the menu but ordered drinks whilst we waited and a garlic bread to share. There was a bit of an issue with the drinks as we had to ask three times for said teenagers orange juice to be served. Indeed we had already had finished our first drinks when it did arrive.
Although I think the children's menu here is good, the five year old we had with us can be a bit finicky so we asked if we could have a plain chicken breast and some fries for him. The kitchen were happy to oblige and when it arrived it was nicely cooked and was still succulent and moist. He ate every last scrap. In my last review I was a bit negative about the lasagne here so I decided to give it a second chance but ordered it as a starter I am pleased to say that on this occasion I would have been happy to have ordered this as a main course and felt the lasagne had redeemed itself. My companions were also happy with their starters a warmed goats cheese salad, prawns and a home-made chicken liver pate. A good sized portion that was rich and tasty. The bread though was very crisp and we all felt that fresh crusty bread would be a nice option.
Our mains arrived after a bit of a delay and were a bit of a mixed bag all ok and some very good but others that didn't live up to expectation. The Americano pizza was soon devoured with another beer being required to combat the pleasant heat of the spicy sausage. Even the crusts were demolished when the five year old chastised the diner for not doing so! A cause of some amusement as his school pack up returns daily with the crusts left. The cod wrapped in Tuscan Ham was also warmly received and met with approval. I had a rump of lamb which I asked for pink but arrived medium and not very warm, but it was tender and tasty so i resisted the urge to send it back and cause any awkwardness or further delay. Our teenager ordered the mushroom rissotto. This was a bit disappointing as she had had risotto here before and had been 'well impressed'. This one didn't reach the same status. The rissotto was served as a base with the mushrooms on top rather than incorporated into the dish. Not sure this really worked. We also ordered a couple of side dishes (roast potatoes and courgettes fried in tempura batter. They were both fine but be aware the roast potatoes are in fact skin on new potatoes baked)
Our main gripe though after the length of time we waited was the desserts, or lack of them. Apart from Ice Creams there are seven desserts on this restaurants menu. We were initially told there was no sticky toffee pudding and no chocolate mousse. So, although two of us were disappointed as this is what we would have ordered we worked around this. Only for the waiter to return and let us a further one of the dishes we had ordered was not available either. This isn't very good. Over a 1/3 of the desserts not available and this early on a Saturday evening - as it seemed most people had booked I think the kitchen should have planned for this more effectively.
Would we return - yes, but I might ring ahead and pre book my dessert!
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