I had read a few very good reviews and a few negative reviews and wanted to see the Dolphin for myself!
I took the girlfriend along and initially she wanted to leave as she didn't like the decor, but as I live in London I wanted to see how it compared to similar venues there.
The outside was spectacular, and the inside basic. The roof of the main bar was shacking and the light fitting was rocking to the sound of heavy drumming coming from above. Sadly that's all that could be heard, and the drummer was able to keep a steady rhythm as he maintained that same beat for a starter and main course meal for two!
Now we opted for a combination of bar nibbles for a starter and it was okay. Basic and nothing amazing.
For main I had the belly pork and it was very nice.
The girlfriend had the homemade fish cakes and she immediately didn't like them. Me Thinking she was being fussy tried them. Oh my dear they were not good at all!!!! They were extremely anaemic in appearance, had a track of oil from the edge of the plate which looked like they'd just been slung on, and to top it off she found a hair in one of them! Not sure if there were more because we didn't want to delve any deeper!
I can only describe them as bland, oily sodden potato with a hint of fish!
Our two year old made better ones after watching a kids cooking programme! And I'm not kidding!
After pointing out the hair this dish wasn't put on the bill and the lady was very apologetic! We declined the offer of a further visit.
Anyway in summary almost good but we obviously picked the wrong night to go because of the event on upstairs, And the food I would rate poorly but no ones perfect.
I personally felt they weren't quite
delivering on what should have been a striking back street pub.
A Few tweaks this place would be very good!
My girlfriend doesn't want to return unfortunately so I won't see!
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