first night of a Cotswolds gastro-break. Was looking forward to it, particularly following the Great British Menu. The menu looks great online, and the cooking was good. Scallop (note singular, and more on that later) and clams; hanger steak and chips; and pear and gingerbread - all excellent.
But, and its a big but - didnt enjoy the experience. We sat upstairs, in a room that lacked ambience - bright light and pine tables. The head waitress enthused about the special starter (scallops and clams, with foraged sea shore veg). Sounded good - but really really disappointed to get one scallop and 6 clams. i have never ever had just one scallop for a portion in any restuarant ever. And then the bill came - the rest of the starters were £6 - £9. This special, and boy it was special for the income, came in at £13! (I didnt recall her mentioning the price either, but she may have done).
The steak was fine, and the chips were good - the star was the pear and gingerbread. Poached (sous-vide?) pear in gingerbread crumbs, with a gingerbread crisp and some more gingerbread infused with pear syrup, and a pear parfait. Really really really good.
Service was enthusiastic, if a bit amateurish.
if I was going again, I would sit in the bar downstairs and have the bar snacks - they looked fantastic.