The food at this restaurant was amazing for a fantastic price. (£40 for a 3 course meal).
We were first taken to a lounge area where we were given some delicious nibbles including a Scotch (quail) egg. When in the dining area we were bought a sort of amuse bouche pre-starter of pea and asparagus soup which was delicious.
For my starter I had roast guinea fowl with truffled mash and my partner had pigeon. For my main course I had 'duo of pig' which consisted of roast suckling pig and blood pudding with dauphinoise potatoes and purple cabbage. I often choose this sort of thing when eating out and I have to say this is the best I've ever had, and I could not fault it. Whilst nothing was particularly innovative about this dish each aspect was cooked to perfection and went well with the other components. I could eat this all day if it were possible.
For dessert we both had a summer pudding which came with clotted cream, which again I could not fault, packed with summer fruits.
After dinner we went back to the lounge area were my partner had a coffee - it came with a selection of sweet treats which included the most amazing brandy snap type thing.
I would give the food 5* as I thought it was perfection. My partner said he would give it 4 because there was nothing innovative about the food but I think he has been influenced too much by Heston Blumenthal. Whilst the food was fairly traditional, it was done to such perfection that I really could not rank it any less than 5*.
My only criticism is that I felt the staff could have been a little more friendly. They weren't unfriendly at all, but their service was mostly perfunctory and seemed to lack a little warmth. But otherwise there was nothing wrong with the service.