Our experience at the Galley was OK - just that. On the Friday night we ate there, having booked inadvance, the restaurant was nearly empty. The room is an awkward shape, long and narrow, but lining all the tables up and placing them too close together made it feel uncomfortable. We were seated so close to another couple we could have as easily eaten from their table as ours. We ordered scallops and smoked salmon rolls for starters and both had duck for mains. Both starters tasted quite bland and we thought the scallops had been frozen. The generous portions of duck were well cooked and were served on parsnip puree with a few green beens and a piece of calabrese . We both chose pommes dauphinoise over chips or new potatoes; this was bland and a bit watery. We then decided to share a cheese plate and on equiring which cheeses were served we were told, "cheddar, brie, goats and blue"! Further enquiry about which specific cheeses were offered elicited the information that, "they're probably all local". Does this restaurant, in Devon where local cheeses are many, varied and truly wonderful, really think this is good enough? When the plate arrived the cheddar at least demonstrated it's origins, having clear indentations from a vacuum pack. The others were - again - OK, if still unidentified. With a pleasant but overpriced bottle of Chilean merlot and two additional glasses of wine this little lot cost us £80. (Last year we paid the same amount for a meal at No6 in Padstow, where we had utterly superb food) What we had here was basically pub food and if we had paid nearer £60 we would have thought it better value, but then we wouldn't have chosen a pub to celebrate an annniversary. We would not visit again. Service was polite but overall the experience left us feeling rather 'flat'. Our advice - sack the wholesaler, buy it all locally and employ a chef who prioritises flavour.
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