Lunch for two in this really charming pub was definitely a good experience, with one or two caveats. Firstly, the positives. Reception and service was friendly throughout, and we noticed that the staff were always happy to make changes to table allocation when people arrived with greater or fewer guests than they'd booked for.
The food was better than average, and the portion sizes adequate, but not over-facing. The rabbit starter was tasty and well-seasoned, but the coddled duck egg was definitely overdone to our taste and both my wife and I would question the provenance of the egg itself (tasted more like hen than dick).
Main courses of belly pork and sea bas, both nicely executed but the mash with the belly pork could have been warmer (just got a feeling that at least one of the meals had stood on the pass too long).
Puddings of chocolate brownie (actually a chocolate fondant), and rice pudding with white chocolate, vanilla, and cranberry (sounds disgusting - tastes heavenly) were both well done.
Overall, a pleasant experience, but the exceptions are:
Don't go if you aren't fond of noisy children (this appears to be a very child-friendly place). Rather tends to spoil it for me when parents can't keep kids under control (keeping repeating shhh doesn't seem to work). The plates were ridiculously large for the table. Both plates hung over the edge of the table and we fully expected at least one of them to suddenly tip up and send food flying like some slapstick comedy.
Overall, though, a pleasant experience.
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