What the New Inn at Shalfleet has in its favour are a pleasant garden, an authentic old-pub ambience, very friendly and obliging staff and a very wide menu selection in which what is offered changes by the time of day you wish to eat. We visited just after lunchtime when the "afternoon" menu was in operation and each ordered what, despite the more fancy name on the menu, was essentially a cheese sandwich with salad garnish. For all the extensive menu listed in menu books and on a blackboard, the kitchen had run out of brown bread. The sandwich was very generous with its locally baked crusty white bread, but the cheese - almost certainly not of a mature strength - was overwhelmed by a very nice apricot relish. I am surely not alone in believing that a cheese sandwich should taste of cheese. The cheapest white wine by- the- glass was very good. We overheard another customer being told that the pub had run out of rose wine. Very strange!
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