A year on from our first visit and hubby and I decided to try TLP again, and I'm sorry to say I don't think we'll be going back. I really liked our first visit, but in hindsight, what I thought was their 'quirky' style of service was, and remains, well ... just odd really. It's quite hard to describe, but it's almost as if everyone serving is on their first ever night in front of customers. There's a strange sort of nervousness to everything - no banter, no smiles, no "How are you this evening?", just stilted handing over of menus and taking orders, all the time referring to a scrappy bit of paper indicating what they have left in the kitchen. My better half can't even remember what he had to eat, so clearly it wasn't memorable, though he had no complaints. I, on the other hand, remember my main, which was white fish (can't remember which one) in a parsley sauce with mash. Well, apart from the fact it was just basically nursery food (nothing wrong with that, but I was expecting a bit more finesse than I could have chucked together for my kids), the stupendously enormous amount of mash was completely cold. And I mean completely - I could not have warmed an ant's bottom on it, should I have wished to do such a strange thing, so I dread to think how long it had been sitting about waiting before it turned up in front of me. Naturally, I returned it and it came back a few minutes later hotter than the surface of Venus, so I suspect microwaves were involved. I had the cheeseboard afterwards which was delicious and very nicely presented, but it's not exactly taxing for the chef to arrange some cheese and chutney on a board. I really wanted to like my second visit as much as my first, but I found it all a bit strained and it didn't make for a relaxing evening. I'm all in favour of supporting local businesses, but I'm sad to say I can't see a third visit on the cards any time soon.
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