The Moody Cow. Quaint English village, pretty pub, pretty nice rustic interior. Busy, busy, busy. We were on a family outing with 13 people involved and it was a bit cramped around our massive table, which was itself in a little bit of a cramped position near the bar. But ok, 13 is a lot of people. The Moody Cow is clearly popular, and people were being turned away which I do not like to see, especially if there are some empty seats (which there were, in the bar). I'm not sure whether it's the fact that people are being turned away or the manner in which it is done. I have rarely seen anyone turned away with grace and charm. The poor old folks turned away on this occasion were treated with a hint of exasperation. Anyway, onto the meal. It's a nice menu, though a bit confusing because there were a couple of different menus floating around and they didn't all say the same thing! It took us a while to establish this. The waitress went and sorted it out, and came back with all the right menus. I had sea bass, which was possibly a mistake since it is almost impossible to find sea bass in-land that is as excellent as the sea bass one can get here in Falmouth, from the fish shop. And it was on a bed of crushed new potatoes that were curiously quite oily. Anyway, the fish was pretty flavourful but very, very small. The legal minimum size for sea-bass is 36cm from head to tail. These were very small fillets, so I think the proprietor needs to have a word with their supplier. Maybe he will, too, because in other respects he seems very switched on with a car share scheme advertised where commuters leave their car in the car park and continue in shared cars. Neat. My daughter had fish and chips, which she said was good. My husband had a four cheese tart which was disappointing. It was very oily, which is always a bad sign. It tasted of slightly burned pizza. He was not very pleased. My sister-in-law had a beef burger which was less of a burger and more of a cricket ball sized meat ball. She said it was great though. It was hard to say how the rest of the table got on as they were quite far away but some ribs seemed to be going down well at the far end. The puddings were impressive - see photos. My husband always judges a restaurant by its creme brulee and he thought this one was pretty good. An ice cream sundae also went down well. The landlord came round and asked after everyone. My impression is of a well run pub which has a really good reputation in the local area and this is probably justified. When a pub has such a great reputation, I think I set the bar a little higher. It was really good, but was it really amazing? Maybe. But you won't go home disappointed. Remember to book in advance, so you don't get turned away!
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