We were invited to go out for dinner with some close friends - we looked forward to a traditional English Pub on a Friday night. That much we had. the pub has a nice atmosphere "Oldy World" feel and a good selection of Real Ales and a well stocked Bar. Later in the evening a lady duo, made some pleasant sounds which added to the warm and cosy atmosphere.
However, we sat down at our pre booked table and subsequently ordered, as a shared starter, the Mezze Platter. This consisted of Humous - which was in reality nothing more than Mashed Chick Peas. Adjoining this was some shop bought Yoghurt, cold pitta Bread and the worst most hideous bread crumbed Mushrooms with Feta Cheese allegedly on "Skewers" which in reality were cocktail sticks all of which had been deep fried. I have not been presented with such rubbish since the bad old culinary 1960's!
For the main course we ordered Duck, but we were told that all the Duck had sold out - this is Friday night.
My Partner then ordered the Fish Chips with Mushy Peas - the fish was good enough and surprising well cooked, but the Mushy Peas were hard as bullets and had been burnt - Chef, how do you burn Mushy Peas?
I ordered the Steak and Ale Pie - only to be told that in fact the pie was now Steak and Mushroom. This duly arrived and the pastry had been badly burnt on top which I cut off, the contents of the pie were acceptable, but the Chips were cold and tasteless, must've been the same oil that had been used for the Mezze!
When the time came for puddings, the two lades with us, tried to order a pudding, only to be told that three of the puddings were not available! We left!!
I am told by Trip Advisor that a number of people follow my reviews. Whomsoever, is the Chef here needs to understand that Britain has come a very long way with food in the last 20 years. This Chef has single handedly set that process back. I was embarrassed to find out that the people on the next table where French - God forbid, this was their last meal in England before getting on the ferry.
The waitresses were pleasant polite and efficient, except constantly asking "is everything OK guys?" It was almost as if they were expecting someone to say, "No its not!"
Next time you are hungry and see this place, drive by; sooner or later they will get the message and sack the perpetrator of this food murder.