We went on a Thursday for the quiz night. The pub, as a pub, is excellent. The little girl behind the bar could not have been more helpful or friendly. The Journeyman was excellently kept.
The food was a disaster.
We shared a crispy duck in pancakes for starter, The duck was obviously a confited leg that had been chopped and was cold, the pancakes were ovbiously from the freezer and the edges were crumbling.
My Yorkshire cassolet included a confit duck leg that was hard (!) and belly pork that was ALL fat, the sausages were OK though (can't do much wrong with sausages). The sauce was a mystery, it seemed to be an exotic fusion of a can of chopped tomatoes and a can of cannelloni beans, all artistically topped with a layer of dry, uncooked cous cous which, over the course of the meal, absorbed any juice present to make the plate an unappetising sludge.
My partners sea bass, mash and salad appeared to have had the dregs of the olive oil bottle splashed all over it (Jamie Oliver has a lot to answer for!") and looked greasy.
The website makes a great thing of their Kiwi chef - maybe it was his night off, if not then send him back down under.
Its a shame really the beer, the pub and the pub staff were great.
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