We were looking for somewhere special to entertain music and beer loving friends visiting from London and the Five Bells ticked all the boxes. Booked a table for 2:00 on Sunday afternoon so as to enjoy a meal and then a few beers and the live entertainment (Bob Bowles blues singer guitarist this afternoon).
The range and quality of the beers on offer was excellent and there was also a good range of ciders although those will have to wait for another visit. Food came quite quickly although at first we were warned it could take up to an hour until we confirmed that we had booked for 2. Lesson is to book ahead even if it's just before you set off.
My dressed crab was excellent, a good size and reasonably priced and other meals; fish pie, steak, mushroom and ale pie and haddock and chips were well received. Steak pie was very large and my wife couldn't eat it all. I helped her out but it was a little salty for my taste but then I don't like much salt. My friends chips were very brown but the menu warns about this and offers the choice of lighter cooked chips if that's what you want and his mushy peas were really squashed garden peas. The only improvement I can suggest of the food front is to get in a few tins of Batchelors mushy peas, the real thing. You can pick them up for about 30p a tin.
The music was excellent, volume just right for the bar which is a very traditional and pleasant space and the beers went down well. Luckily our wives had volunteered to drive this time!
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