I visited The Pipe and Glass for lunch on Saturday and was very pleasantly surprised after my previous visit. The food was excellent, although not inexpensive. The staff were mostly very helpful and charming, although one or two of the young girls working there could do with a little charm coaching and be encouraged to smile now and again. The restaurant was busy but not full, the bar was humming and the outside tables were well patronised. My starter of chicken liver pate was really very good, quite smooth too but the accompanying bread was over-toasted and dry. My main course of fish pie with brown shrimp salad was excellent, not too big, but just right. I followed that with a selection of ice creams which were very good. As I was driving, I stuck to a medium glass of the house claret which was more than acceptable.
Overall, I think James Mackenzie has done a really good job with The Pipe and Glass and I am delighted that he has held on to his Michelin star. On the other hand, I have been more impressed by the food in supposedly lesser establishments. Perhaps the message is that there are other great restaurants out there, even if they don't have a Michelin star.
So, would I recommend The Pipe and Glass? Absolutely, but don't go there expecting Yorkshire portions and Yorkshire value-for-money.
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