While on the way back from a day in the Cotswolds we stopped for dinner at the Radnor Arms as the building caught our eye and we didn't fancy waiting to get to somewhere further down the M4. It was unfortunate, but not surprising, to learn that our little shihtzu/westie cross wasn't allowed in the bar area, but as it was a nice evening we decided to sit outside in the 'beer garden' at the rear of the pub. We were made very welcome, despite the dog. The beer garden was actually a courtyard at the rear by the bins, but the seating was not so close to them as to be unpleasant and to be fair there didn't seem to be much else that could have been done about it. The seating area itself was clean and tidy and was in no way unsanitary, but it had the look of a storage/utility area with tables in rather than a planned beer terrace.
Service was prompt and pleasant throughout the night, even when the main bar started to fill up we weren't forgotten. As I hadn't seen the bar much due to the dog (though to be honest I could've gone and had a look!) I asked for a good local real ale and was offered Doom Bar, which is more local to me than to the Radnor, but it's one of my favourites so I didn't complain!
The food was glorious. I myself had a starter of creamy mushrooms and bacon on toast (which was a little salty, probably owing to the bacon, but otherwise very good), followed by a main of pan-roasted duck breast on cabbage and mashed potato in a red wine sauce, which was very, very nice. For dessert unfortunately my original choice of a white chocolate brownie was the only thing on the menu unavailable that night (as is usually the case with me!), so I had a Lemon Mess (a citrus and honeycombe take on an Eton Mess) which was delicious. My friends thoroughly enjoyed their meals too; they both had different steaks and sauces, and all were excellent and cooked just right.
The price was also very reasonable, with most main courses below £10 (£15 for the steaks I think, with home-made sauces charged separately) and most starters around the £4 mark. Very reasonable indeed for the quality.
In short, I'd highly recommend this to anyone passing by, though I would recommend eating inside if possible.
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