We took our big dog inside with us and he was very warmly welcomed by everyone, especially the Polish manageress who loves all dogs, she warmly welcomed our dog and I noticed every other dog that came in - big or small - all got a warm welcome from her!
Our dog was also brought his own bowl of water - the biggest he has ever had anywhere else, which he really enjoyed and the staff didn't mind the mess he made on the wooden floor as he is a sloppy drinker! We did apologise for the mess he made and the manageress was fine about it - which made us feel even more welcome!
We were also very warmly welcomed, not just our dog and allowed to sit at a table for six in the window, as we wanted our big dog to be able to sit comfortably with us and there was more space around this table than elsewhere, even though there were just two of us. I did say that we would be happy to share if anyone else wanted to join us as it was very busy here on the day we went.
There was quite a cold wind blowing and one large table of people were just moving inside from the tables outside, as we arrived.
The staff didn't have any L plates on and I must admit they all seemed extremely good and competent!
We had Hoegaarden first as that is our favourite white beer from Belgium. It came in the proper half pint glasses and I loved the half slice of orange in it - my husband didn't and took his out straight away!
We ordered the mixed platter to share for starters and that was our favourite of the whole meal - delicious.
There was chicken liver pate - which I didn't try as I hate all offal but my husband liked it but would have preferred to eat it on plain bread, as there were only 4 slices of garlic bread, so he had to put it on that - so I did mention this to the manageress and I hope they add some plain bread for people to use with the pate.
There was a little bowl of mixed black and green olives which I really enjoyed. My husband hates them!
There were lots of meats - all fabulous. I loved the smoked duck breast best of all but the large chorizo slices were also very tasty and the parma ham was a delight.
Next time I'm going to have this for my main without sharing it! It is worth every penny of the £16 charged.
We had the pork BBQ ribs with chips for our mains - it's a generous portion but at £15 we found the ribs were a bit sparse in meat. The BBQ sauce was lovely. The chips were ok too.
For dessert we had the creme brulee. We took these outside as it was getting very hot inside by now and we welcomed the cold wind outside to cool us down and our dog was also getting a bit too hot!
The brulee we found a bit disappointing. A good crisp topping but the creme did not seem to taste of proper double cream and at £5 each we thought a bit on the expensive side.
We loved this place though and found the service excellent - apart from the extra rose wine they put on our bill for £5 :(
My husband paid and didn't check the bill.
I did as we were walking away afterwards and went back to get a refund for the £5 overcharged. I put it in the staff jar for tips - they share the tips out between all the staff.
We will certainly be going back here as we loved it and we have booked to stay in a nearby B&B for two nights for our wedding anniversary on the 22nd July - so hubby can have a few more beers!
This place is doing the upstairs up right now to open up as a B&B as well, so it will have brilliant sea views as it is right opposite the sea. The manageress told me that the top floor will be the most expensive - I guess as it will be further away from the noise when bands are playing!
The ladies toilet was very clean when I went in. It's situated on the ground floor, next door to the gents.
The owner of this place also owns the Italian restaurant next door.