We booked dinner for 5 people.
My wife & I (and we love our food , it has to be good!)
One of my wife's clients who had come over from Italy
and our friends Mother & Father of whom are two "Time Served" now retired hoteliers from the busy resort of St Ives. (The Father being a accomplished chef of some 35 years) and both well travelled.
This is as I have said before an "Old World Inn" and therefore no surprise that the "Rustic, Traditional" Bar ticks all the boxes. It has a nice atmosphere, yes it is "Low Lit" lighting wise, but that only adds to the atmosphere.
The young waitress (I believe new to the establishment) was very helpful, pleasant and did her level best to answer all our questions.
Dinner selected was 3 x fish and chips, 1 x steak and kidney Pie, & 1 x "Rabbit" dish.
All cooked beautifully, delivered to the table together, the only complaint on first ovbservation? That portion of Steak and Kidney pie and veg is big!
The Fish and Chips, really nice, The Steak and Kidney pie had a very artistic puff pastry crust , obviously hand designed...A nice personal touch by the chefs.
The dish that was given the highest scrutiny it has to be said was our friends father, being a chef, his comments were, "Beautifully Presented, Nice balanced dish" Needless to say, all the plates were clean! (well except for the steak and kidney pie as it was a big portion!)
With a good selection of beers, ales, soft drinks and wine available, no complaints there.
We finished off with Mint teas for the ladies and coffees for the rest of us.
Paul (Owner Manager) was very attentive, friendly and could not have made our meal any better.
The new waitress, was very nice and efficient.
All I can say is, If you have had a bad experience here, I feel you should give it a second chance, I watched others in the Inn receiving their meals, from an amazing "Pint of Prawns" to "Rib Eye" steaks that floated by, all seemed very happy and there was a great buzz in the room.
To give an idea of cost.
With a round of drinks, Main courses and coffees to finish. £86.00 was the order of the day. So for 5 persons that's hardly a bank buster for good food.
The second part of the Royal Oaks Deal is that it is a couple running the show. Paul & Sarah, Sarah is an accomplished Chef and has along with new chefs at her side, they've changed the menu.
We will be going back. It'll be the 5 time we've eaten there since Mothers Day weekend.
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