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“Bit Overpriced but very nice”

The Poacher's Pocket
Ranked #3 of 18 Restaurants in Comber
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A beautiful country pub and farm shop in Lisbane, near the shores of Strangford Lough. Emphasis on fresh local produce, pub grub classics and seafood from the lough. Michelin recommended 2014 and 2015.
Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

We booked this time after trying a walk in last Sunday. Definitely a good job on the refurbishment and very busy again. Good menu selection and there was also a Sunday set course menu - 2 courses £18 which I thought was a bit overpriced given Balloo is £15. It is also strange that the set menu contains options that would cost less if ordered from the main menu (?) anyhow I had the goats cheese followed by the hake. Goats cheese was great. Massive bit of hake on crab crushed potatoes - nice but overseasoned. My partners soup and roast beef was deemed very good. Servers were fast and pleasant. Left with a mixed view but it is a great spot

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Thank LorrainePC
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

I know all new restaurant's need work on first opening (new owners on this occasion) but the roast beef was well below standard. There was soooo much fat that when it had been trimmed there was not a lot of meat left. Only saving grace was that it was quite tasty and the sauce with it was great. The veg was okay but nothing more. My wife's ordered the Hake and it was delicious. No complaint concerning staff and place looks good. It was an expensive experience and until I hear the teething problems are sorted will not be back.

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Thank Oh b
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Sunday morning breakfast- very slow service, Fry was poor and soggy, pancakes that challenged the knife to cut!
Won't be back! Keep on driving to daft eddy's!

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5  Thank Michael8016
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Stopped on a Friday evening with no reservation the staff kindly got us a table sorted. The standard and presentation of the food was really high. I would recommend this restaurant to family and friends it's having a refurbishment at the moment but was still running so will be glad to return to see the finished remodelling.

1  Thank Rivermill
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Four of us went to the new "Poacher's Pocket" on a Saturday night. It was busy but the service was very efficient. There was loads to choose from on the menu and a number of specials including a langoustines starter at £9.95. Other starters included chicken wings which were served with BBQ sauce and a blue cheese dip and declared by the aficionado who ordered them to be the best he had ever had, mussels with cabbage and a white wine sauce were plump and delicious and prawns with a Marie Rose sauce which were very nice and a wheaten crumble on top which I could have done without and did not really add to the dish. A portion of bread included focaccia which was gorgeous.
A main course special was Beef Wellington at £19 which had a mushroom duxelle and just a lattice pastry hat. At the other end of the spectrum was toad in the hole at £9.95. The sausages were Moyallen and good as ever. The mash was creamy and delicious and the roast caramelised red onion brought a welcome sweet flavour. The batter was overcooked and therefore largely inedible but it didn't really matter. Ribeye steak and burger were both really good and triple cooked chips delicious.
Despite the fact that we were full, we couldn't resist ordering desserts. The lemon posset was delicious but the lavender shortbread which accompanied it was rather perfumey. The chocolate and peanut butter melt in the middle pudding was scrummy and served with salted caramel ice cream. Although we had it between two, we still couldn't finish it. Also, do not touch the handle of the mini pan it is served in as it is searing hot - ow! A nice bottle of NZ Sauvignon blanc at £20.95 washed it all down. The only real disappointment was the espresso coffee, which was bitter and unpleasant. Otherwise, a near perfect dining experience.

1  Thank BourkesNI
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