The Old Ferrie (sorry, can’t bring myself to use Ye) is a little ‘pubbier’ than its nearest competitor (The Saracens Head) on the other side of the river and has a less sophisticated atmosphere. This is by no means a criticism as it was more my style for somewhere to enjoy a few decent pints. However, although the food was very good I thought that the other pub just had the edge as a dining venue.
To illustrate the style differences between the two pubs, the Ferrie didn’t have ‘proper’ homemade chips, the waitress wore jeans, jumper and woolly hat as opposed to a black ‘uniform’ and the service wasn’t quite as slick. Both styles suited me fine (although I’d always go for the homemade chips!) but some people have a preference for these sort of things.
The Old Ferrie was a bit cheaper for food, by a pound or two per course, but not really enough to reflect the more laid back approach to dining. I suppose it did reflect the slight difference in quality and presentation of the food.
Having said that I think the Ferrie perhaps intentionally operates in a more relaxed way – it is also closed on Mondays and Tuesdays out of season. This was actually a bit annoying as it wasn’t mentioned on the website so we had no idea until we turned up on a Tuesday evening! Why do pubs have websites if they don’t bother communicating this sort of thing?
The Old Ferrie is probably completely different out of season to the busier days of summer but it’s certainly a great pub on dark autumn and winter evenings - with a roaring fire at one end of the bar, surrounded by old-fashioned, comfy leather armchairs and sofas. This was a real wow factor.
I’m thinking of going back next year with a group of mates for the weekend and I think this sums up The Old Ferrie at this time of year – probably more suited to a drink with mates than a meal with your wife or partner, if you like eating out to be a bit of an occasion.
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