Ate here this week for the first time after a previous visit just to the bar downstairs. Pre dinner drinks in the bar were in a great atmosphere with the stove keeping the place warm. The micro brewery beer is great. We examined the menu over our drinks and then climbed the stairs to the restaurant which waas built the day before the spirit level was invented.
Service was quick with complimentary water arriving and bottle of good house red. The menu is varied but perhaps a little dated in concept.
Our starters were wild mushroom soup, garlic salt and pepper prawns, and 2 chicken liver pates. All were good but the chicken liver pate was served with what appeared to be a sort of tomato bread and toast would have been better. The accompanying red onion marmalade was beautiful.
My firends all had the house fish cake which they enjoyed and I chose the venison burger which was OK but just a dry burger in a white bread bun, great chips and a little pot of Tommy K. I asked for a little of the red onion marmalade and it was delivered immediately. The burger needs tarting up a bit to give it moisture but it was my fault for ordering it.
Bread and butter pudding was good but the sticky toffee pudding a bit dry and needed a lot more butterscotch sauce. ccompanying icecream was good. Nice coffees. The one waiter was very busy but he did his job very well and I will return again.
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