We have often passed this pub as it is on the way to Lee on the Solent so we decided to try it as an eating venue. The pub was almost empty as it was fairly early on a Thursday evening. We were greeted by friendly and helpful staff and we're able to sit where we chose. The menu and the specials board had a varying choice of somewhat different meals, not the usual pub standards. We chose the chicken and tarragon pie which was advertised with pea and butternut squash fricassee and hand cut chunky chips. The pie was very tasty but the pastry a little hard. The sauce was delicious with a good amount of tarragon flavour but not enough of it in the pie. The chips were beautifully cooked - crispy and light and fluffy. The fricassee was disappointing as it was merely peas and small chunks of roasted squash mixed together on the plate. It was a very dry meal which could have been improved by serving a small jug of extra sauce on the side. We asked for some gravy which wasn't a problem but it was a beef gravy made from instant granules or powder. We thought it was on the expensive side for a pub meal - £11 for the pie meal. Although the menu was different there wasn't really a lot to tempt us back.
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