We've visited this restaurant about half a dozen times in the last 10 years, but this was a first visit since the new chef arrived. I would describe the cooking as moden British with a slightly retro nod to the past. Those looking for very spicy or bistro-type food should look elsewhere.
Having looked at the menu online, I was disappointed that venison was not offered. Normally, I adore fish and there was a good choice available but I had eaten my fill of fish that week. The three people in our party chose steak fillet, belly of pork and a home made, hand raised chicken and tarragon pie. Only the gloopy garlic butter sauce that accompanied the steak failed to delight. Everything else was perfect and the pastry was soft and light. A few more choices on the menu would be good and vegetarians have very limited choice indeed. Portions are generous.
We managed both starters and dessert. It may be a modern quirk but serving a prawn cocktail in a jar with a lid looks lazy, unattractive and as if it was ready made and taken out of the fridge. Weird. Our other starters were garlic mushrooms and mussels in cider. Desserts were roasted peach with lavender shortbread and honeycomb ice cream (heavenly), apple pie pie with black currant sorbet and a cheeseboard.
Friendly and efficient staff with a great knowledge of the ingredients and cooking processes added to a really enjoyable evening.
I can see that it could be really noisy if you go on a live music night which I believe is normally Friday. The refurb continues with the bar to be repositioned and extra dining tables to be accommodated. We will definitely go again.