We were holidaying in a canal boat on the Monmoth and Brecon canal and decided to pop out for dinner. The pub was very close to the canal which was convenient.
The beer was good. The olive and bread starter was very good, but that's pretty much where the good review ends I'm afraid.
Despite the average age of the customers - over 60, we had rather inappropriate music to sit through. At one point, we had some screaming heavy metal which would have been great for the bikers who rode past, but really hard work for a romantic/quiet meal out, which it appeared most of the other customers were there for.
I ordered a pork chop with mustard sauce and mashed potato and veg. My husband went for the venison sausage.
I have never been served a smaller thinner pork chop in my life. It can't have been more than half a cm thick. So rather dry and not terribly tasty. The veg were extremely overcooked and tasteless.
My husband's sausage looked and tasted as if it had been microwaved - not an ideal way to cook a venison sausage, which rather relies on some browning to give it a more appetizing appearance.
Trying to make the most of it, I was intent on having a desert. But when I overheard a newly arrived customer asking the waitress how long they would have to wait to be served, and being told an hour, I decided to return to the boat for desert. In a busy restaurant, you'd expect a wait, but the pub was only about a quarter or a third full. I asked the waitress how they coped on a busy day, and she replied that she was new to the job, and couldn't say.
The staff were very friendly however, and I think we might have caught the chef on a bad day, given the other glowing reviews that this pub has received.
Wouldn't return though, or recommend it.
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