Having read many positive reviews and having received recommendations from friends, I visited here with my mum for a Sunday lunch at Easter.
We'd pre-booked a table in the pub area, mainly because we prefer the atmosphere of a pub rather than the formality of a restaurant - after all that's what pubs are about. True to his word, the manager had booked us a lovely little table by one of the many fires - a welcome glow to the dreadful outdoor conditions!
On first impressions, this is no 'chocolate-box' country pub, but the variety of fireside nooks and crannies added to the old pub feel and we were glad we'd chosen to eat in the bar area rather than the restaurant.
To our minds, there is a vast difference between 'olde worldy' and 'old-fashioned' and sadly the dining-room rather lacks in any style evolution since the 1980's! It is distinctly dated, which is such a shame as it has a beautiful view of the lake and countryside. This could be such an amazing space in which to dine and I hope that some much needed refurbishment is on the cards.
The staff couldn't have been nicer and accommodated all our needs and quirks, from extra custard to gravy 'on the side' and an extra Yorkshire Pudding.
Wine list demonstrated good taste and we chose well, mum having a lovely NZ Savuvignon Blanc and me a robust Rioja.
Most importantly, the food was good, well-presented and the portion size offered value for money. However £13.95 for just a main course roast was a tad too steep. Lots of roast potatoes which are my favourites and lovely tender meat - both the lamb and beef.
We would return and request table No 1 for two to three people which is near the bar and a fire. If we'd been dining as a large family party we fancied the look of table 23 which is just at the entrance to the restaurant but benefits from a traditional settle and adequate space. However we would never in its current state of decoration choose the restaurant.
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