Booked a table for a small family 70th birthday celebratory meal after a personal recommendation from a colleague. Was only expecting/hoping for a decent country pub meal, what we had was so much more than that.
The staff were all extremely professional, but always unobtrusive and the waiter (blonde hair, sorry didn't catch his name) that looked after us in particular could not have given any better service. I think someone else commented, and it's true the service would not have been out of place in a 5 star hotel.
We'd had a quick look at the menu online before booking, but again this didn't prepare us for what we actually found. I can't remember having a pub meal presented this well and the food itself did not disappoint. I think between us we had 2 different starters and 4 different mains and all were very good. Personally, I had the steak in Guinness pie and I can still taste it 24 hours later (in a good way)!
The surroundings were perfect for the occasion. An original looking bar area that could perhaps appear very slightly old fashioned to some, although were just what I would want from a rural pub. A smallish conservatory and a connecting area between with just a couple of tables was perfect for us. The toilets, which can sometimes be a decent gauge of an old pub have been recently re-fitted, were spotless and again were of a higher standard than expected.
You may find it hard to believe, but I'm not one to give praise easily! I'm struggling to find anything to fault. The only thing I can remember was the mushroom starter I had at first seemed a little stingy in portion size for the £6 mark when it came, though the presentation overshadowed this impression. It tasted wonderful and after a main course (no room for sweet), I was full into the next morning. So I guess chef was right all along!
So, service, presentation, food, surroundings, all impressed. It was obvious that everyone was trying very hard to reach a very high standard and they all succeeded. But I think overall it's the food that impressed the most.
It's great to find a pub like this I just hope the same people/set up remain for a long time without complacency setting in. We will certainly do our bit, helping by supporting the business by visiting again soon – can’t wait!
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17 October 2011
Wow! We have had many complimentary reviews, but this is amazing! We try every day to make everything as special for our guests as possible, so to receive such praise is wonderful. Paddy, the young gentleman who predominately served you, joined us fairly recently, and is over the moon at your comments, as is John (Chef) are the rest of the team.
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Thank you so much. We hope to see you again soon.
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