Finally got around to eating here after meaning to do so for ages. I'm not a footy fan, my other half is an ardent Villa fan, so the setting alone made her night! It was a Saturday night and on arrival we were shown to our table. We ordered a couple of drinks and then went out onto the terrace to take in the stands/pitch etc. good job we did, as half an hour later it was dark, it's a shame they don't light it up in the evening to keep the view there whilst you're eating. All the staff are young trainees. Some are obviously more experienced than others, but without exception all were polite and hard working. The dinner menu has recently changed and is still good value at £22.50 for 3 courses. The wine menu is adequate and reasonably priced. We had a glass of prosecco followed by a bottle of Sauvignon blanc. We both had the chicken terrine starter which was very good and came with a well flavoured piccalilli. I then had the braised beef which just fell apart, lovely though I could've done with a tad more jus/gravy and the oxtail Bon Bon was rich and tasty. My partner had the chicken bhuna, I tried a bit and it was very very tasty, the portion of rice was tiny though, a small gripe as you get a plentiful side of veg to share, but with a curry I would've expected a larger portion of rice, the portion of chicken was large in contrast. For dessert I had rhubarb crumble and custard which was nice but again, a small point, but the crumble came in a small rectangular container filled to the brim and the custard in a little jug...there was no room to pour the custard on, so a bigger bowl would be better. My partner had tart tatin which was served warm with a scoop of ice cream, again this was well received. I ordered a coffee to finish off the meal, which arrived cold and without the advertised petit fours, however this was quickly and apologetically rectified when pointed out. All in all we had a very good evening. It is a training establishment so not everything is perfect, but that is to be expected and the young staff are all clearly trying their best whilst learning. The gushy reviews about it being Michelin standard are over the top and unfair as this is not what it is, or trying to be. I think if you go with an open mind and a little patience for the trainees then you will have a great night and there is no denying the value. Happy to recommend it and will definitely return.
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