A very interesting menu for a pub restaurant, with various deals available and even the straightforward a la carte is reasonably priced. However, the French Onion Soup, though it tasted good and came with cheese and generous croutons was not much better than lukewarm. Friday night is grill night - inclusive main course and drink offer. Our lamb steak and sea bass had been seriously over grilled, particularly the lamb which was dried up. The seabass came with a huge amount of crushed new potatoes, with their skins on. A very interesting dessert, apple and fig crumble was supposed to come with lavender creme anglais but this turned out just to be thick custard though it was lavender flavoured. The general impression was that the kitchen was not up to producing the dishes on the menu and would have preferred easier, more basic dishes. We heard another party being told that they could not substitute a different side, of the same price for the one that was shown on the menu to accompany their dish because the chefs would not allow it. So much for going out of your way to give customers what they want. Considering the place did not seem busy, service was quite slow, particularly between the starter and main and also I don't expect waiting staff to smell as if they have just been smoking. In spite of these reservations, we did quite like it and will probably give it another try, though we will also look out for other restaurants in this chain to see if they handle the cooking any better.
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