I loved it in here. At first it feels like it might be a bit spit n sawdust but actually it was very pleasant with loads of character. There were proper big old boys with hats and moustaches lined up at the bar, but they didn't bat an eyelid when my friend ordered a diet beer which I thought was very decent of them. I'm not sure they're aiming to suit every tourist who walks through the door as it seemed to be a place where many local people come to enjoy themselves and catch up with their friends. That's probably why I liked it so much. It's definitely got a good bar atmosphere.
Without exception the staff were very friendly and the food was delicious though saying that, we didn't order anything too fancy - just fried chicken and chips with slaw which is exactly what we craved!
The setting of this place is the really special thing. The sound of water rushing over the rocks, is enough to settle you after a long day trawling round Sequoia Park.
I'm wondering if some of the negative reviews come from people who need to just slow down a little and remember they're on holiday? ;-)