I eat here about two to three times a year. Usually I take parents or visitors to the area with me.
The pre-meal drink in the bar and menu browsing allows time to settle in and look out of the window at the esplanade and pier end of the town.
The restaurant itself is rather traditional, formal and some would say old fashioned. This is great as it puts off the oiks, who feel uncomfortable in such surroundings.
The food is well prepared, sometimes adventurous, but always well cooked and well presented too.
If you're eating during the week, it can feel like a lonely experience, but that's part of the charm. If you're alone, take a book, the lighting isn't too low to read.
The family run hotel and restaurant has been on the go for years now and it's mainly due to sticking to a well planned style that works for the area, rather than being a victim of change for its own sake.
The cost is reasonable and the staff are pleasant and not intrusive. The owner will probably have a chat with you, but it's general pleasantries rather than questioning you about your experience.
It's the sort of place you could take your parents in law for a birthday/anniversary dinner.
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