We went in for a drink and decided that the atmosphere and decor (especially upstairs) were so nice that we would stay for dinner. Trying to book a table (we had family joining us) seemed to cause some consternation and took three members of staff to offer an opinion on whether we could or not, but eventually we were accommodated on a nice table upstairs.
Most members of our party were really happy with their meals - especially those that had the curry. It was very well presented too.
I have to admit that, if it was down to me alone, the review would likely be only 'average'. Not for the atmosphere or service, which were fabulous, but because I'm vegetarian. There weren't that many options available and the one I had was a really small portion - so small that the others at the table actually commented on it. It was veggie and blue cheese bubble and squeak with an egg and a cider sauce. It tasted lovely but was really more of a side dish than a main. When I looked at what everyone else got for their money, substantial portions of equally good food, I felt quite disappointed.
This disappointment was mostly made up for by the delicious sticky toffee pudding and clotted cream - which was a huge portion and very nice indeed. There was also a nice range of ales.
So all in all, it was very good. Maybe if I'd ordered differently I'd even have said 'excellent' because the place is really lovely. But I do have to say that we didn't go back during the week due to the limited options for me and relative expense.
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