The Flyer has been a fairly reliable option for pub food for a couple of years now, but things have certainly slipped of late. You'd think the recent opening of The Grace just across the road would have encouraged them to up their game – not so.
We ordered, to share between three:
A Veggie Sharing Board (mozzarella fondue, houmous, cheese straws and tempura cauliflower, £10.50)
Salt and Pepper Squid (£5.50)
Pan Fried Chorizo with Focaccia (£5.75)
What we got:
Damp, undercooked pastry, a ramekin of houmous so tiny it barely served one and a puddle of unidentifiable white mess that when poked shrivelled unhappily to what looked like a slice of mozzarella that had been microwaved.
Sad fondue mess was sent back to the kitchen, and waitress reemerged with a ramekin of microwaved brie saying that the mozzarella kept curdling for some reason and the chef didn't know why. What! Mozzarella doesn't transform into fondue if you microwave it? Let's try some other cheese that happens to be lying around.
A measly amount of squid fried to a crisp (if you like squid and want an actual portion for your fiver head to Urban Standard).
Eight slices of very black, very burnt chorizo in a puddle of oil, accompanied by some burnt, hard sliced bread (NOT focaccia). We showed this to the waitress too, and she whisked it away to be 'shown to the manager.'
Said manager never emerged, but he did invite us to sample three of his finest puddings, absolutely free. It's always confusing when this happens. You haven't enjoyed their badly cooked food, so they offer you more, giving you even more reason not to return.
A dirty look from the waitress clearing our table and a gulp of the flat white wine spritzer and we were ready to leave. Our advice? Book a table at The Grace. For the same amount we spent you can get three small plates and a bottle of Prosecco. And I bet they make a mean fondue.
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