My husband and I had walked past the restaurant several times during our summer holidays and liked the look of the menu so we booked it for our wedding anniversary on 6th October. We had viewed the menu online during the day and made our choice to have fillet steak with a Madeira sauce for our main course before we arrived.
Unfortunately we had chosen a night with 14 noisy hens in attendance. Not a good start to the evening - although though they were having a fabulous time! We it came to ordering we were told that the menu had been changed, and whilst there was now a sirloin on the menu the chef was unwilling to knock up a sauce to fulfill our request. We were told that we could only have what was on the menu! It was a shame that the website was so out of date.
I ordered chicken liver pate to start and hubby ordered mussels. It arrived very quickly and the only criticism was that the fish dish turned up with a wet wipe. You would expect that in a fast food venue bu not in a restaurant. We would have asked the waitress for a finger bowl but after being turned down on the sauce request we didn't think we would bother.
The main course arrived quickly too and was beautifully presented. No complaints at all except we didn't get what we fancied. In the background the hens were getting louder and louder whilst coming in and out of the front door to 'have a fag'. The phrase 'born in a barn' comes to mind.
The cheeseboard we had for dessert was super with a good selection of local cheeses and plenty of crackers to accompany. It was a shame that the waitress had little, if no knowledge of the range of whiskys that were on offer.
In summary, if you fancy what is on the menu in the window and they have a free table (no hens in sight) then the food is on a par with good pub food. But don't ask for anything special because the chef doesn't appear to be very accommodating.
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