Let's start with the caveat that I am not a regular pub goer. We wanted lunch on a busy bank holiday weekend and saw some favorable reviews in a couple of guide books. When a place aspires to be a "gastro-pub", I expect a little higher food standard. The menu was varied, but based on out entrees, a Moroccan spiced lamb shank tagine and beer battered fish and chips, fall short of the mark. The tagine might look vaguely like the real deal, but anyone who has been to Morocco would be disappointed. As to fish and chips, its not easy to muck this up, but they did. One can't complain about the Smithwick's and the service was fast and courteous.
In these hard economic times, I hesitate to knock any hard working publicans. Still, in a city where every third door leads to a bar, if they advertise they are award winning, they should do a better job. Not bad, but not worth repeating.
I like the wide array of black and white photos of famous and near famous musicians and actors. It takes one's attention away from the generic banquettes. Is this place living on its reputation and did it once have one?
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