This is a proper pub with a dining room serving good pub food rather than an over-designed gastro pub. We visited mid week and there were a few friendly locals in the lounge and we received a warm welcome from the staff. We ordered some drinks from the bar and were then shown straight through to the dining room. Whilst we were the only diners to start with (more arrived later) there was still a pleasant atmosphere because you could here the customers in the bar in the background.
The menu has a good selection of standard pub food (e.g. starters of mushrooms, soup; main courses of burger, battered fish & chips) plus some more interesting dishes (e.g. a starter of black pudding and apple stack; main courses of Thai chicken curry, lamb tagine with cous cous) and there was enough choice without being overwhelming. There was at least one vegetarian option and although we didn't ask I would think they would cope with a gluten free diet.
While we waited for our starters we were given a basket of fresh chunky bread and butter. The butter was in a little pot rather than the usual portion controlled foil wrapped offering. We had vegetable soup and the black pudding and apple stack with mustard sauce. Both were tasty and the helpings were generous.
For mains hubby chose rump steak (rare) with chips, tomatoes, mushrooms and salad and I had hake in a coriander and cherry tomato salsa. The hake came with a choice of potatoes and salad or veg. The chips were chunky and the veg was freshly cooked. Again the helpings were generous - we only managed to eat a fraction of the chips. We each had a glass of wine - there was a reasonable selection and we picked a shiraz and a sauvignon blanc - both were nice.
I didn't have room for pudding, but hubbie ordered apple crumble and custard. The waitress brought an extra spoon so I could have a taste! The crumble tasted home made and again, was very nice and generous. Other puds on offer were chocolate brownie, sticky toffee pudding, meringue with fruit coulis and cheese & biscuits.
The waitress was polite and pleasant and the bill very reasonable, so all in all it was a very enjoyable experience and we will be going back. This may not be the sort of venue to go for a romantic meal or if you are looking for something posh, but if you want honest local food that is tasty, well prepared and served with a smile, this should be on your list. Edgmond is lucky to have a local like this!
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