The restaurant is well advertised as having excellent gourmet food so as devout foodies, J and I had to try it out one lunchtime. The pub looks nice inside although it was a great shame they hadn’t lit the large inglenook’d stove taking pride of place in the bar (it was freezing outside). The décor of the restaurant was plain but quite attractive and looked out to the extensive gardens to the lake beyond. The menu was quite limited so I had good old fish n chips and J had game casserole. The fish was watery, undercooked but mushy. The mushy peas (in a bowl) had been microwaved and were dry as a bone on the edge and blistering hot in the middle. The chips looked suspiciously pre frozen from a bag and weren’t at all crisp. It was all quite unpleasant and I did something I never do… left half of it. The casserole had four big dumplings (not at all tasting of the stilton they were supposed to contain) which were only slightly less in number than the pieces of meat. A few tokens of veg and some gravy with no depth whatsoever was what you got for £13. How they were ‘Recommended’ by the Gourmet Society is a complete mystery. The beer was good though so next time I’ll stick to just a pint.