Well first off this place has bags of character, it’s an agreeable place to visit and feels pleasantly remote. The ale and cider availability is varied and the staff are friendly (if not particularly efficient in the bar!) Upstairs in the restaurant service gets a lift and things flow quickly to and from the table. So what of the food? Well overall it was good though not outstanding for the price. A couple of gripes - Bread, why oh why serve such dire out the freezer rubbish? – just because it has some brown toasting on top does not turn it into palatable bread. It is completely beyond me that restaurants offering the type of food that is available here then choose to serve bread that is so poor it could be had from any local asda’s freezer department. You may ask why on earth I’m making such a big thing about the poor bread? Well my view is that establishments who can’t be bothered with little things like serving decent bread often aren’t too bothered about other things either. A couple of others, the veg that come served with the main meals was thin on the ground indeed – if you are hungry or haven’t ordered a starter be prepared to order additional veg on the side. As standard you have a choice of chips, new potatoes or mash with most dishes but be aware that if one alone orders then the serving is fine, however, two of our table ordered new potatoes and only one dish appeared – when asked where the second portion was the response was that the one on the table was for two to share – it was tiny. In fact we’d had starters and were not famished so it was actually OK – but I know plenty of others who would have easily polished off this serving for two on their own. No complaints on the deserts very tasty thanks. This is the second time we’ve eaten here, the first was a similar experience – perhaps rather better. Overall the food served here is good but for the price not fantastic and the kitchen have cut a number of corners on quality and quantity which simply irritated me as a customer. The silly thing is these were relatively minor matters which in all fairness disproportionately weighed on my opinion and hence this review and quite honestly could be sorted out very easily indeed.
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