After hearing great things about the Hop Pole, we decided, upon moving to that side of town, we'd give our new 'local' a try for lunch. The waitress was cheery enough, but took an age to get our order, so we ordered ourselves at the bar instead of waiting more than the 10 minutes we already had.
Having both had the burgers (make sure you ask for it well done, if you prefer not to have a medium/rare burger), we were both pretty disappointed; it came on a faux tree bark shaped platter, which would be perfect for a cheese and meat selection, but made eating a burger a chips one of the messiest burger eating experiences I'd ever had! Sorry, it might look fancy, but it isn't fit for purpose. And then there's the Hop Pole chutney - I'm sure some would find it to their taste, but I really did not, which wouldn't have been a problem if it had been served separately in a side bowl; instead a massive dollop was placed in the middle of 'tree plate', meaning most things on the plate tasted of it.
I would have happily discussed this with a member of staff, but alas, as when looking to order food, no one was to be seen.
Maybe our expectations were too high, and the pub and restaurant are laid out beautifully, but I don't think we've found our favourite local eatery, just yet...
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