My husband and I went to the Walnut Tree Shades last evening for a celebratory meal mainly because we had a LivingSocial voucher. tucked away in a tiny alley off London Street, this old city centre pub has been redesigned as an American diner but still retains the traditional bar area. We ate upstairs, and although the Jazz Band (every Monday) was starting, we had piped 50s music (Frank Sinatra etc) and could not hear the Jazz. We did suggest to the waitress that management pipe the live music upstairs. Starters were enormous - crayfish cocktail and I had garlic mushrooms. A little rough and ready but plenty of it and tasty enough. Then I ordered the vegetable enchiladas and unfortunately the waitress misheard my husband when he ordered the Beef special. She thought he asked for a beef enchildada and when it arrived, he could not eat it because the chilis were too hot. She took it back though with no question, and he got his correct meal ten minutes later. Although the food was filling and hot, it was a little basic in its approach. The staff were very friendly though and we stayed a bit longer downstairs with a mug of coffee listening to the Jazz band, a group of mixed age local lads who were enjoying a jam sesson. The music was a little bit too modern jazz for me, but what the heck, live music of any type is well worth listening to. The locals were friendly and we would probably go again for a beer and the music, but maybe not to eat. I believe they have live music of other genres on other nights so check out their website.
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