Our first impression was that it was very subdued in lighting - but once our eyes had adjusted to the environment it was fine, in fact quite pleasant.
We received a friendly welcome from the waiting staff (who were excellent throughout!), though shown to a table near to but not by a window as requested when we booked. But it was fine.
For starters my girlfriend ordered the prawn noodle soup which she really enjoyed and for her main course she had the risotto which she said was lovely. I ordered the chorizo cooked in a red wine sauce for my starter which was just ok. On the basis of the starter I wasn't quite sure what my choice of main course (pan seared trout, potatoes, spinach and tomato salad) would be like. But it was delicious! Nicely cooked and very tasty, a big thumbs up from me.
The vanilla ice cream was off the menu when we came to order the sweet which was a shame, but the creme brulee with homemade shortbread was very good.
There was a good selection of drinks and overall it was a pleasant dining experience - the prices were very reasonable. We felt however that the al la carte menu was a bit limited. A few more options would've been nice.
My only real criticism came when I looked down at the bottom of the menu where it says dogs are welcome. Guide dogs... fair enough - but not people's pets! I do not like dogs!!! I did check with the waitress but its just in the adjacent bar/lounge area (where food is also served) where they are allowed. I just think that any bar/restaurant establishment where food is being served should not permit dogs.
There were no animals in the bar when we were there but had there been I would have felt uncomfortable. On this basis I would choose not to come here again. A shame really because the atmosphere was pleasant, the staff were great and the food was good.
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