We visited twice in a week and this pub and restaurant is good. Good ales. Good wines. Good kitchen. Staff really tried to help but fundamentally there aren’t enough of them.
I’d estimate the venue seats nearly 50 covers. Yet on a Thursday - their publicised steak night - there were only two FOH staff. They did very well indeed - but they should not be under this pressure. Apparently there was also only a single person in the kitchen; and again, the food was very good despite this.
Menu selection is good. We tried the beef and chorizo burger, kids sausage and mash, kids fish and chips, adult fish and chips, and two steaks. Everything very good. Steaks cooked medium rare as expected.
I requested English mustard and got a good pot of it with a spoon which is a massive relief; tiny pots and sachets don’t live here which is as it should be.
Other than the lack of staff the remaining quibble is the decor. Looks great. Walls, floor and ceiling are flat shiny surfaces so the noise is imposing. Add a yapping dog or screaming child and it is intolerable on the ears. Our B&B guide book warned about this yet I didn’t think it would be as obvious.
We tried one dessert which was salted caramel cheesecake. It was very good. Only downside was that it was served with some kind of butterscotch ice cream. Any icecream was a pleasant surprise but personally I prefer plain ice cream with such a rich dessert. It would have been great to have the option.
Definitely recommended; my notes here are mainly for management to tweak and an explanation of merely being awarded “very good” (4*) rather than “excellent” (5*). The staff make it. Recommended.