I ate here with my parents and overall it was an OK experience. We came on a very slow night and enjoyed having half the restaurant to ourselves (and sitting near the fire). The feel of the restaurant is homey and cozy, and we were given polite (just not outstanding) service. I would say the service was more "laid back" than some big city restaurants, but no complaints.
- Very good clam chowder. Tasted creamy and authentic, not like it was thickened up with flour. The potatoes in it tasted fresh, not like they'd come out of the freezer. Not tons of clam and bacon bits in it, but overall very good. (Note: the crackers in the package they served me were completely stale and I picked them out of my soup after I'd crumbled them in there).
- Good "fish n' chips" if you only evaluate the fish. The halibut was done very well and was tasty. If I go back, I''ll just get the halibut sans fries. The fries (or whatever the house strips of potatoes are called that were part of the dish) were not so good. They weren't crunchy, they were soggy, and they had ZERO flavor. I recognize that traditional British fish n' chips are often quite plain, but I have to say these fries were pathetic.
- Decent pasta dish (chicken pesto) with very good garlic bread. My dad mentioned it was a little acidic, but I enjoyed the sauce (pesto was made with hazelnuts, a creative take).
Wanted to try the fun desserts listed, and the french toast and other breakfast specials sounded good.
Overall, it was a good, if not hugely memorable meal. I'd recommend it to others, but wouldn't be upset if I couldn't go back.
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