This place is venerable and friendly, and I pop in occasionally. As I did a couple of days ago, and was a bit disappointed.
I usually have fish, and there were quite a few fishy dishes on the menu, and lots of people muching happily.
I had their seafood chowder - which was spicy and full of seafood: excellent.
I then decided not to have fish back to back, so opted for their 'pulled pork' - which was pork belly, black pudding, with potato mash and vegetable accompaniment. That was a lot less yummy - the pork had been overcooked, the fat from the pork belly had reduced and was swimming on the plate. I think they had a bad day. I hope they had a bad day and don't serve it like that normally.
My wife had a cauliflower Wellington wich was interesting bit not quite what was expected - firstly Wellington is a cooking technique, a parcel wilth goodies sealed inside to cook in their own juices; this was pastry latticework. Tasty enough, she reckoned, but no Welligton. SHe also picked it and was looking forwards to roast potatoes; she got boiled, and it would have taken time to get the roast on her plate.
I've eaten here before, really enjoyed it. This time they dropped the ball. I realise this is pub food, not Michelin, and I'm writing an appropriate review for a place that calls itself a gastropub.
When I go back I'll stick to the fish.
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