The Angel has spread its wings in recent years and now the moment you enter you are aware that it is a fine building. The atmosphere was calm without being over-formal and the staff were friendly and helpful.
Some ale for me as we chatted to our friends before off to the dining room where we were all conscious of a smell of cooked fish that was a little "tired". I cooked fish for a living for many years so was puzzled as The Angel is a large building with a kitchen extraction system that should prevent such rogue smells entering the dining area.
We all chose from the set lunch menu at £25 a head for three courses. We all like fish but on this occasion we chose from the two meat dishes. The shin of beef was delicious and the supreme of free-range chicken with mushroom sauce was, by all accounts, lovely and surprisingly my wife cleaned her plate so I didn't get a look-in.
Of the starters the soup was very good but the belly pork, although stylishly presented, was light on meat but heavy on fat even for belly pork. A small skewer with two tiny cubes of pork but the bedding was nice.
We were too full for our third course and I wondered why they don't offer two courses at lunch after all most of us probably only eat that amount.
A bottle of cotes du Rhone was chosen from the short and slightly pricey list.
The coffee was of a high quality and did I mention the friendly and attentive staff?