Having dined here on previous occasions our expectations were high as we have always had good food and service.
We had a pick and mix of starters beautifully presented on a slate of which the batter on the black pudding fritter was excellent. Everything was going well and there was a good atmosphere as the place seemed quite busy for a Wednesday at six pm., that was until the arrival of the mains.
One of the main attractions of dining here has been the home made chips. I had chosen the haddock and chips which is served on paper ( a hygienic newspaper simulation), a good size fish with good crispy batter plonked on top of a bed of chips accompanied with a pot of mushed garden peas, what more would anyone want for tea?
The fish and peas were fine but the chips left a lot to be desired. They were hard and dry as if they had been left under the heat lamp for too long. They were also very small, not the usual chunky chips. A quick glance at the other diners plates at our table revealed the same. We were not asked if everything was ok until we had finished the mains but when asked I passed comment although it was obvious by what was left on my plate. The manager (Alex) advised she would deduct the cost and was duly done without any fuss when the bill was paid.
We had cheesecake desserts which were delicious but our only thoughts when we left the tavern was those chips. The kitchen staff must have known they were bad yet they were happy enough to send them out. If their standards have dropped I will think twice about returning.
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