The last time I recall being at this pub was on May 4th 1990 which was the night before my wedding and only for a drink as my then best man lived literally around the corner. My wife seems to think we've eaten here since but I don't remember.
We were at one of our loose ends last night, wanting to go out and eat but not really decided on where. At times like this I resort to Tripadvisor, did a search for local places to us and The Poplars came up.
I have friends who eat here often and it is well known locally for good food but, as I've discovered in the past, that doesn't mean it meets our bill!
We went over - didn't book - around 7 and the restaurant was quiet - us only in fact. The welcome was warm and inviting. We were given the menus and told that we could sit anywhere but to be aware that there were a couple of reserved tables.
The menu was very good and there was plenty to choose from. I could eat there several times and have something different!
Drinks in hand and order placed we sat in a relaxed environment which did fill up both in the bar and restaurant. For a Wednesday this was a good sign!
I had baked avocado with cheese and tomato for starters and Anna had Pate. Anna had Liver and Bacon for main I had Venison Steak. All was very good - fair to say not exceptional but then that is asking much of me BUT please don't take this as criticism because it certainly isn't!
They obviously have a good chef who produces very good fare.
Mains done we were asked if we would like to see the dessert menu which we did and again lots to choose from. Desserts ordered we asked if we could have some time before they arrived which was done. A bit of me thought "Ah right! Busy restaurant they'll forget the desserts!" But they didn't! About 15 mins or so later they arrived - perfect timing.
Not the cheapest place to eat but good value for what you get and I certainly didn't disapprove of the bill!
All in all a very nice, welcoming pub with a well deserved reputation and one we will certainly be visiting again........frequently!
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