As this pub is related to Running Fox we thought we couldn't go wrong dining there. How wrong, on the plus side has been done out nicely, shabby chic and all that sort of thing, but a little pretentious for small village in Northumberland. Reasonably busy when we got there, lots of tables reserved, restaurant fully booked but managed to find nice table in bar area. Welcome not particularly friendly, not clear if we had to order food at bar or table service, the latter is what we should have done, as the barman come waiter let us know by the way he took our order in a curt rude manner, the guy was monosybillic and just stared at us hard. I ordered "posh fish pie" that came with parmentier potatoes, and house salad. The potatoes tasted as though they had been laying around a while and reheated several times, the pie had a few stringy bits of lattice pastry covering some salmon chunks in a creamy sauce, couldn't taste the cider that was supposed to be in it, eventually found 3miniscule baby prawns, no other ingredients apart from onions. I have ordered this type of fish pie in several different restaurants and different countries, It was a poor imitation. When the surly barman took my plate he asked the usual was that
Ok, ? Iwhen I said ,"no actually it was disappointing" he just took my plate saying in his deadpan manner he was sorry about that and left. Needless to say we just wanted to pay the bill and
leave. My advice to owner of this establishment, some of your staff need customer service training, you need to have clarification how to order food in the bar area, upgrade your fish pie, the vegetable dishes not inspiring , same dull presentation, potatoes overcooked, portion size questionable given prices, and in comparison to Running Fox size portions. Stop being so prentitious, it's not required I was really looking forward to my visit , won't be back in a hurry and wouldl
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