Went here untainted by previous reviews, my and a friend's family had been walking locally and, with our car park a stone's throw for the pub, decided to stay for dinner rather than head straight home.
I was actually pretty disappointed by my meal, the specials board had a couple of french classics on it and I went for the cassoulet, my wife for the boeuf bourguignon. Our friends the same.
Now I'm no foodie, but I do have a degree of expectation in terms of quality if I'm paying £12 for a peasant stew which advertises "Toulouse" sausages, I expect a coarse herby sausage intended to helpo flavour the dish, not something with the appearance taste and texture of a prepacked cocktail sausage from the cooked meats aisle in a supermarket. The food was delivered in a portion sized oven dish and I burned my tongue on the first mouthful.
I would hate to defame any cooking staff by suggesting that a microwave had been used in the preparation of this meal but it certainly had a "ready meal" feel about it.
On the flip side, the ladies' meals were outstanding enjoyed by them and from the taste I had too.
The kids (being of various shapes and sizes) meals were something of an eclectic mix but all looked to be of good quality and from a menu that didn't seem to have the usual pub dependence on a deep fat fryer.
Desserts too were enjoyed by all although the menu was very "cake" based which can be quite heavy after a big main.
The pub itself was quiet (this was late afternoon), there was a large party at the other end of the pub but otherwise only a couple of tables occupied. The staff were friendly and helpful and there was a sizeable and well equipped outside play area for the kids.
The beer quality was excellent, with a nice variety of ales on tap.
The service was a little slow, however we were unfortunate in that the party table had all ordered their food en-masse immediately before us, so the staff might be forgiven for struggling to get out meals out as quickly. We were in no rush and enjoying the beer so it wasn't a problem.
There was also a minor hiccup, the kids table was cleared whilst they were outside and before our meals had been delivered, removing all of their drinks and one coat. An honest mistake, but I wonder what the waitress might have been looking at on the four occasions that she'd walked past the table whilst they were there.
In summary, my disappointing meal (which perhaps was down to my menu choice anyway) aside, a very pleasant experience in a very pleasant environment).
The service, whilst friendly and courteous, was lacking in a little nous and I could imagine a busier time when some of their systems might get tested to destruction.
We will go again if in the area, but might check the number of cars in the car park before hand.
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