It had been about 3 years since our last visit to The Ashlea. Why? Because on our last visit, my husband ordered the fish pie. It came accompanied by green beans - with an insect sitting proudly on top!! When my husband pointed out to the hapless waitress that he'd ordered a vegetarian meal and then pointed to the insect, sitting in perfect form, cooked to perfection on top of the beans. She muttered some kind of apology, took his meal back to the kitchen and returned seconds later, presumably having flicked it off. Our bill came as normal, so then my husband had to go to explain to the management what had happened to get the cost of his meal taken off the bill. All in all, appalling. BUT THAT WAS 3 YEARS AGO. On Saturday, encouraged by other Tripadvisor reviews, we decided to give it another chance - and we are REALLY glad we did. I've always loved the pub's atmosphere - cosy, with lots of different nooks and crannies as well as larger areas, such as the conservatory where we opted to sit. The staff were without exception efficient, professional and personable. I ordered slow cooked shoulder of lamb with chive mash, wilted spinach and a bacon, caramelised onion and mushroom red wine sauce (£15). It was really excellent, although I would have liked a bit more sauce. My husband ordered the similarly priced rib of beef with duck and sweet potato fries which again was really good and a very generous portion. For dessert (approx. £5 each) we had a chocolate orange tart and crème brulee - both good although I found the brulee slightly gritty. We had a bottle of Malbec (£18) to accompany the meal. The waitress enquired if we had enjoyed our meals and when I said that I would have liked a little more sauce, she said she would pass my comments back to the chef - I like this attentive service. All in all, a really pleasant meal in great surroundings in walking distance from home. The menu is varied, with several meals catching our eye - so we will be returning soon. I'm really pleased The Ashlea is back on form!
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