Stayed at the pub overnight and so decided to eat in the restaurant on the day of our arrival. What a good decision this turned out to be - despite there being a large group at the adjoining table we were made feel most welcome and were given enough, but not too much, attention.
The starters of risotto croquettes and particularly the mackerel pate were excellent, especially with the copious quantities of toasted ciabatta as the accompaniment to the pate. Friday night was also fish and chip night so it just had to be done - well cooked (with home made tartar sauce) and with a decent bottle of Gavi to round off the meal - we were so full from the generous portions that no dessert was necessary. All in for well under £50 so good value and money felt to be well spent!
We were proposing to eat at another restaurant on the next evening but thought why go elsewhere and we made the decision to eat here again. Hmmm! What a contrast - we couldn't resist another helping of the pate but this time it appeared with a tiny portion of toast and, for some strange reason a helping of a chutney that might have gone well with a cheese board but didn't pair with the pate at all. The pate was still excellent and when we asked, extra toast was supplied, but it just didn't seem as though the extra thought that went into the night before remained. The lamb tagine main course was only average and the lemon posset and blackberry coulis - although excellently flavoured was served in a tall glass with a small spoon - a messy operation trying to consume ... either give us a longer spoon or serve in a different bowl!
Overall we found the food and service above average but just a little short of what could have been.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.