So my partner and I live locally and decided to try this place as we hadn't been there before. There was a large party when we were there and we hadn't booked so there was only a small table in the middle available not a booth...this didn't bother us as we had not made a reservation and they were clearly busy.
The starter was nice and we ordered a steak and one of their burgers for mains. The steak looked nice and was cooked as required. The burger was a little overdone (states medium cooked on the menu...it definitely wasn't medium!) but I did not feel strongly enough about that to complain to staff. With that said the burger was a decent size and looked amazing! The burgers don't come with fries or any sides so they soon become quite an expensive burger when you add these things on. We ordered onion rings on the side....we got 4.....4 onion rings for £3. We did raise our eyebrows at this, especially as they were quite tasteless but again at this stage chose not to bring it to the attention of staff. Our waitress was very friendly and very efficient. Nothing to complain about on that side of things.
Then dessert...! We chose to share the dipping doughnuts. When it came out my partner and I looked at each other in disbelief. It was £5.75....so one would expect a decent dessert. However, 3 of the smallest doughnuts you have ever seen were presented on a board with a chocolate and raspberry sauce. We brought this to the attention of the owner, by this stage we had been quite disappointed with the food quality and value so this tiny dessert really was the tipping point. The owners justification for the price was that the chocolate sauce was Belgian chocolate. We also chose this opportunity to also make reference to the expensive and very small side order. The justification for the onion rings being that they used panko breadcrumbs and lots of herbs!!! My partner stated that we did not wish to have the dessert and asked for the bill. In fairness, the owner offered to get us some more and take it off the bill but by this stage we just wanted to go home.
Our bill arrived with the 12.5% service added. We decided to pay it as the service itself had been good. My partner asked the waitress if the money went to her and before the poor girl could answer the owner jumped back in stating that 100% of the money went to her staff and "I am a very good employer before you start that!" Not the response I would expect from anyone let alone the owner, we weren't criticising her ability to be an employer! Our cue to leave...immediately!!!
Our criticism was not personal, we were just very underwhelmed by the food and value in general and it did not live up to the cool funky appearance it has. The restaurant itself looks good and is clean, the waitresses were also very efficient. Such a shame it is ruined by the food and we will not be returning or recommending to anyone.