Recently, we've been to a few pubs which are places for eating rather than places to eat. You know what I mean. Chains! Not at all bad and pretty well you know what you're getting and, probably more importantly, not at all expensive. However, you know also that it's "boil in the bag" or whatever you want to call the Brake Brothers (or equivalent) supplied out of a van. So it made a nice change to eat in an establishment that was not full of "drinkers" or children. But let's get one thing straight, it's twice the price of a "Chain".
Was the food good? Yes it was and despite the fact that it was quite an extensive menu, and therefore almost certainly food that was at least pre-prepared somewhere, pretty good quality. We had starters that were really pub snacks but the garlic bread was pretty good indeed. It didn't have as much garlic as I personally like but it was smothered in butter and delicious.
I had the steak pie and changed the cabbage mash for chips which again was very well cooked. But again i'm a thick rather than light pastry man. The salad my wife had was fresh, plenty of variety and came with plenty of dressing ON THE SIDE - ie not drowned.
The pudding I tried was a salted caramel and chocolate confection which again I didn't really like.
So you see why I rated the restaurant but didn't really have a meal to my taste. It was good - make no mistake about that - it just didn't quite suit me or my preferences and whether I'm quirky(I'm not sure that I am) it didn't really hit the mark. The staff were excellent - they'd clearly been trained to sell up but were not at all pushy. Indeed, for a group so young, they seemed very professional and yet were very friendly. They found us space when there wasn't really any and were very attentive without crowding.
So would I go back? Probably! I was a bit unlucky with my choices but what I got was well prepared and may very well suit you -it just wasn't to my taste. So by all means give it a go - definitely try the garlic bread but don't necessarily accept what's on the menu unquestionably. They'll be more than happy to change things around (if they can) as they did for us. And not being at all snobby, it's a different experience to the local chain.
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