was called to the pie and ale house for my friends birthday and we had an excellent time, the atmosphere is very cosy and rustic (which i found really nice, we ate upstairs which had an open kitchen as a nice touch and an exposed rafter roof) we all sat down and were promptly served by a young lady with dark hair (sorry no name badge?) who was very friendly and well versed in the selection of drinks and gave descriptions of them to those drinking ales for the first time. our drinks were brought to our table and once the rest of the group arrived we ordered our food, since this was a party group (of 9) we were given time to catch up and chat and were not "pushed" for our orders, when we did order i personally chose to have two pies instead of one pie and a side, i felt the side portions did not match my appetite (i personally felt the sides looked a little small although reasonably priced, however others in my group had one pie and a side and couldn't finish, so its probably just me =P) pies were £4.50 each and of reasonable size and EXCELLENT quality, i had the CCC (chicken, cheese and chorizo) the boss, invention which was very nice and a steak and stilton which was AMAZING. all the food seemed really good and not one member of our group could fault it, i felt that the waiting time for food was a little long (30 mins-ish) but well worth the wait and i would probably have put this down to us being a large group and the food tasted and looked as though it was freshly made so most likely down to cooking time. we left a very happy group. i also noticed on the bar a selection of bar snacks which looked very nice and the day after (after finishing a long and drawn out winters day at work) i popped back in to sample their peanut butter pretzels, im a big peanut butter fan and these were LOVELY and i will be back for more until the jar is empty =P
overall: top quality reasonably priced food in an cosy atmosphere. in the words of arnold schwarzenegger "ILL BE BACK"