Driving past the front, this looked lit up quite nice, but the lane around to the rear car park had some local teenagers hanging about and made us uncomfortable, followed by the descent to a dimly lit car park with no visible markings made it seem that cars were randomly abandoned.
Finding the restuarant lit from the far rear, we entered the basement to a welcoming smell of Italian cooking looking like a bistro and wondered if there were an upstairs.
We had made a late reservation through one of the late deal-opportunities and were shown to our table and presented with the A la Carte menu by a waiter. We were then greeted by the friendly waitress who had to change the selection to teh pre-theatre selection with a much limited choice but professionally covered the menu and options. The chilled house white by the glass was pleasant, but the house red (Merlot) was not the best I have tasted, in fact it felt a poor quality for a red wine and the second worst that I have tasted.
After a brief wait, we were offered complimentary bread that was very fresh, one slice of brown for my wife and two slices of white for myself that was immediately followed by the starters. The bread was excellent with my Minestrone, but my wife had pate that came with two crackers and two slices of garlic bread that she was unable to finish, so the brown bread was not required.
Mains were stuffed chicken breast and selection of vegetables and lasagne for my wife that was also accompanied with salad and another two slices of garlic bread!
Tiramisu and Ameretto cake for deserts completed the 3 courses for under £17 deal that was very filling and good price but of very average quality.
The waitress particularly seemed to know everyone who came in and this place seemed to cater for locals, but the temperature was a bit warm, partially due to the kitchens on the same level and the candles on every table.
Later inspection to find out what was upstairs revealed the front facing door and the toilets, but the inside of the property seemed tired and worn and could do with a makeover.
Overall, I would say this is a good quality Bistro for locals and a poor quality restuarant for visitors, I would not rush back.
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