We used to come to this pub every few weeks or so and even had our daughters 21st lunch there last year, but we had heard that unfortunately the previous owners had closed it down. On the off chance today we took as drive by to see what had happened to the place and were glad to see that it was open again, although pulling in to the car park just minutes before opening we found that it was completely empty.
We approached the door at 12 to find the door just being unlocked and we were given a warm friendly welcome by the gentleman opening up, inviting us in and following us through to the bar.He explained that they had taken the place over just five weeks earlier and we could see a lot of work had taken place with the place looking very bright and airy with plain board floors and simple tables and chairs. We were asked what we would like to drink and ordered a large white wine and a pint of lime & sode which came in at just £4.75.
We had a look at the menu and although small it had a good selection of pub favourites like burgers, curry, lasagne or bangers and mash for example, but we were told they had a special on that week for fish and chips at £6.95 or two for £8.00 which we proceeded to order with mushy peas.
We found a place to sit in the well laid out dining area with plenty of space for couples and larger groups to dine in as well as a great nook with a three piece suite around the fireplace. We were supplied with cutlery while we waited for the food which arrived within 15 minutes and on serving were asked if we would like anything else in terms of condiments and asked for some tartar sauce which was supplied to us immediately.
Food was fresh and hot, fish was cooked to a beautiful golden crisp, batter was not too thick and the fish was cooked perfectly. Chips were handcut 'real' chips and the mushy peas were not too runny or thick. We were checked on during our meal to make sure everything was ok, but not harrassed. Both of us cleared our plates and a few minutes later the plates were cleared and we were asked if we would like Deserts which we declined this time around.
We ordered a second round of drinks, another large Pinot and a bitter shandy, with a choice of bitters offered on ordering, which came to £6.75.
We finished our drinks and on leaving were thanked for our custom and wished a good day with a hope of seeing us again soon, which i think is a guarantee.
Overall a great experience for a Saturday lunchtime, just a shame more people are not aware of this place as yet. It is a beautiful village setting, large car park to the rear, bar area with a pool table and large screen TV, good sized dining area and for the summer months it has a very large garden area with a large play area for the kids. Very friendly staff, i believe it is family owned as the two gents serving us today were Father and Son.
Please be aware that there are a couple of websites for this pub online but that was when it was under the previous owners and the pub has been remodelled since then so the internal layout is different.
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