This is a pub but one I would definitely put in the ‘gastro’ league as the food quality and presentation is of that ilk. With its 17th Century heritage, the atmosphere inside is cosy with tables tightly packed in but not uncomfortably so.
We were presented with an a la carte menu which contained all your standard pub fayre such as sandwiches, burgers, pies, salads, standard Sunday roast and choices for children.
There was also a specials board and a set menu board with a choice of two or three courses and a glass of wine included in the price. Two courses £14.25. Three courses £18.25
The set menu caught my eye and I started with a haddock fish cake with black pudding and poached egg, finished off with a hollandaise type sauce. It was really delicious. The slice of black pudding was just the right thickness to not overpower the delicate flavours of the fishcake. The poached egg was cooked just how I like – nice and runny!
For the main course I again went for fish – salmon fillet, on a bed of crushed new potatoes. This came with a side of mixed vegetables of the day – broccoli, carrots & green
peas. Both the salmon and the veg were cooked to perfection – the salmon beautifully tender and the veg nicely al dente and not swimming in butter.
The menu is not terribly vegetarian friendly unfortunately which did not leave many options for my fellow diners which was a slight disappointment. Fortunately, one being a
fish-eating vegetarian was happy to go for one of the specials off the board, sea trout and brown shrimps with crushed new potatoes and salsify. The report back from that corner of the table was a big thumbs up.
Goat’s cheese tart was the other order for mains which seemed to go down well enough. The only dessert ordered was an eton mess. This came in a tall glass and the only criticism seemed to be that there was too much cream on the top with all the meringue hidden down at the bottom; it would have been nicer to have been more evenly distributed I was told.
The service was pleasant and helpful and for a busy Sunday lunchtime, our food arrived in good enough time.
Would I go back for more civility one Sunday in the future? Definitely.
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