We went to this restaurant on a fairly quiet Wednesday lunchtime after the 1 o’clock rush on a school holiday day. We often go to The Racecourse another member restaurant of this chain. We ordered two two course carvery meals and sparkling water at around £30 a reasonably priced meal for two. We joined the line we both choose the pork a reasonable portion was freshly carved regrettably there was only soft skin no crackling a bad mistake it’s the best part of pork but too late to make a different choice. I had fancied the Steak and Ale pie mentioned on the black board but what was offered was a square of pastry from the top of a casserole with meat spooned on top onto your plate that is not a pie. The definition of a pie is a filling encased in pastry. I frequently meet this issue in pubs and restaurants but always take the trouble to praise those that get it right. The selection of potatoes and vegetables was good as we moved along and the gravy and sauces at the end added to the completeness of the meal. We sat down with full plates and started to eat . Regretfully the carrots and cauliflower were not cooked they were hard. The roast potatoes were not crisp although burnt on the outside they look and tasted as if they had been cooked in a steam oven until soft then grilled rather than roasted a pity but not good roast potatoes. The meat was tender and well cooked the sauces and gravy were tasty the remainder of the vegetables were ok. We finished with one apple pie and custard which was lumpy and the pie had been micro waved so was soft and spoilt and an apple crumble which was oven baked and crisp but the filling was a bit too sweet for my taste. Overall a very average meal.
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