I'd been here before (but not reviewed it) and it was a place I'd wanted to return to. So - quite high expectations.
It certainly lived up to them - and it was packed, on a midweek lunchtime. It's clearly a choice for birthday get togethers, judging by the number of snapping photos and unwrapping of presents.
They did turn the music up at one point, but when I asked them if it was absolutely necessary and other diners nodded, they turned it down.
You'd have to book (the girl who took my booking clearly couldn't cope either with my name or with my attempts to use Alpha etc !) and when you arrive, you have your own printed menu which you can take home with you. Excellent Prix fixe and superb wines by the glass (Premium Rioja Reserva to die for).
Starters, I thought, were a bit heavy. I chose the lightest and found that there were two substantial chicken pieces on the skewers. A friend chose the Tiger Prawns (supplement which I'm not sure it really merited) and there were only 4 so that might have been a more modest choice.
You can't get a good Barnsley chop everywhere. This one was so succulent and well cooked, with a jus to set it off to perfection. They always serve chips and I'm afraid I succumbed to the Staffordshire temptation of chips and gravy !
For dessert, you have an "Assiette" with two allegedly miniature versions. My trifle was lovely (blueberries work perfectly) but I make a better rice pudding, even though it was set off to perfection by tinned black cherries soaked in Kirsch.
I was sad to see criticism of this place in recent weeks. I'm delighted to say that, apart from the canned country music which was turned down on request, we had none of the hassles or disappointments.
Will I go back - yes please.