We met a couple of friends for lunch on Saturday and it wasn't the first time I'd been here as I lived local for a few years. For a pint in the country it's fine and I can't comment on the accommodation as I've never stayed here, however the food I can comment on. The last couple of times over the past 18 months haven't been great but Saturday just gone was awful. We ordered drinks and I was given an apple juice rather than an apple and mango J20 as ordered. When I complained I was told it was a j20, well I've drank it for years and I know what a j20 tastes like. I asked for another but just the bottle. Funny it was a completely different taste and colour, No apology! I ordered goat cheese and thyme terrine on a beetroot bed, it was a triangle thin slither of goat cheese (no resemblance to a terrine) on sour beetroot. We hadn't been checked and really It was awful, I had to ask for some bread just to eat the cheese. At £7.00 it was a complete rip off. I wouldn't have eaten it at all had I not been in the company of people I'd just met and didn't want to appear difficult or embarrass anyone. Most mains were £20.00 however my main course was one of the cheaper options, but a country pub staple. Beef and ale suet pudding. I didn't order one of the more expensive as the couple of times I'd been previously I felt they were average and overpriced. The mains arrived and were ok but again we wasn't asked once we had started if our meals were ok. The meat pudding was full of cheap cut beef and very very dry. No gravy in the pudding at all. A quarter of the way through I asked for some gravy but actually by the time the gravy came I decided the thick dry suet pudding wasn't worth putting gravy on and sent the meal back, declining the option to re-order given my friends were half way through and actually the food really is quite average.
I'm very fair with reviews but £95.00 for a Saturday lunch for 4, even after having one main taken off. And only a couple of drinks, surly staff and poor overpriced food this place really is, only worth a pint due to its country location. There are plenty of better value pubs and restaurants like the fish on the green, soufflé or cock horse, to spend your hard earned money, where the service is with a smile, from an adult. I'm a trained chef and know good food. This really wasn't worth what is charged. My companions agreed after the meal it wasn't great and having spoken to a few other local friends it turns out they to, now avoid the pub for the same reasons. Big Thumbs down for this one I'm afraid!