We had stopped by here for drinks on numerous past occasions and enjoyed the location so we thought we would go for a meal. We had sat outside once in December because we had the dog with us and was told that if we wanted to go inside with the dog, we were more than welcome which is good to know for future.
On first impressions, I don't know whether it was because we had walked there in the rain or not, but we felt it was rather cold inside. The barman/waiter was so friendly though and couldn't do enough for us (even offered the baby a hetch a sketch) so I'm sure if we would have mentioned we were cold, he would have done his utmost to make us feel warm and welcomed.
The menu was large and we chose the same to eat, steak pie with veg and mashed potato - a bit expensive though at £8.99 each. The barman didn't mind that we wanted to wait until the baby had eaten until we ordered and we sat there with drinks uninterrupted.
The place was quiet which was nice (a handful of people at the bar and 2 other couples).
The problem I have is the meal itself. It was disappointing for the price it was and in retrospect I don't know whether it is due to it being out of season and therefore very quiet at the moment that we felt we didn't have fresh veg (frozen and microwaved), potatos or sides to the pie. I'll explain, I judge a pie to be a filling inside a pastry sides and top. This was just a bowl of steak in gravy with a filo pastry lid. Not what I would call a 'pie'.
My veg was cold and hard but we didn't complain due to the barman being so nice and polite. He even brought me more gravy which was welcomed!
All in all, I would go again but I would go in season and choose something else off the menu to see if it my theory is right about the freshness.
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