What: Light, bright restaurant with bar serving fusion food.
Prices: Veggie mains around £8.
Vegetarian menu: Soup of the day £4.50, spinach, sweet potato and pumpkin fritters £5.50, vegetarian linguini stir fry £7.95, grilled vegetable skewer £7.95, veggie sides £2.95, and a few others.
Drinks: Full bar.
Service: Very friendly and helpful.
Comfortable? Very. Finally a good solid table that is big enough for two people to have plenty of space, even with lots of dishes on the table. Chairs were also good. The restaurant has two lovely solid fuel fires and both were lit. Very nice. The music was very low. Even when busy it is a very pleasant spot.
Was the food good? Yes. The chef here is creative in ways that most aren’t. The soup of the day was tomato, cucumber and gin (yes, gin) and it was delicious. The veg lasagne was also nice and came with a lovely sauce. I was a little disappointed when I had the vegetable skewers on another occasion and they were served with what seemed to be the same sauce as was on the lasagne (I’d like to have had something different). The rice that came with the veg skewers reminded me too much of boil in the bag rice. A nice basmati would have been better. The vegetables were of good quality and all, except the courgette, were nicely done. The side of mash was very good. The butter that was served with the bread was as hard as a rock, though. The dessert is not made here and was a disappointment. Lovely colourful presentation of all meals.
Toilets: Very nice.
My advice to the chef: The food here is very good and has the potential to be excellent. I would like to see even more creativity with the vegetarian menu. The lasagne was nice, very nice even, but as a vegetarian I often end up eating lasagne in the absence of more interesting alternatives. Perhaps introduce something that vegetarians are not likely to find on many other menus? The butter should be taken out of the fridge for a while before being sent out to tables.
My advice to the manager: Keep up the good work.
Overall: A very pleasant pub/restaurant, which is well worth a visit.
Note: Management were asked to respond to this review.
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