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Posted 04 September 2007 - 12:19 PM
The other thing that was really irksome was the music, which kept getting blasted loudly and unevenly at the end of the evening due to some kind of engineering problem in the sound system. The management was very apologetic about it, so this might pass like the other teething pains.
Otherwise, I really liked the internal redec.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 11:14 PM
We ordered the food and the problems started. As an unreconstructed carnivore I ordered a rare steak and Dai - my vegetarian conscience ordered veggie sausages and mash.
They would not cook a steak rare – I am used to quality burger joints not doing anything less cooked than a medium-rare because of salmonella/e-coli scares with undercooked semi-prepared meat but a fillet steak??? Fortunately it was Dai doing the ordering or there would have been a flounce at that stage.
Then they broke the news that there were no veggie sausages. In fact there were no veggie main courses at all (this in a somewhat empty pub on what should have been their busiest day) The only option for a veggie was a cheese ploughmans – hardly a sustaining Sunday lunch and, to be honest, not cheap either. (As Dai said, £7 for the pleasure of making your own sandwich)
The meals eventually arrived (20-30 minute initial wait) My “cherry, vine tomatoes” had mutated into a supermarket beef tom but heigh-ho. The steak was nice but definitely overcooked for someone like me who subscribes to the “wipe it’s bum and frighten it with an open flame” school of steak cookery after all.
The potato wedges were yummy though. Which was good thing as they managed to bring Dai a HAM ploughmans. After complaining about this (and being looked at as if he was the most awkward customer ever) and waiting for another 20 minutes they bought him the cheese he had ordered.
The cheese was excellent, the pickle was good and the bread ……… was stale. Although we were expecting dense, peasant, bread this was definitely old and very hard and definitely defeated my husband who is not renowned for his delicate tastebuds. (Dai ended up buying crisps from Sainsburys straight afterwards)
The young woman who served us was very pleasant but didn't seem able to cope - and as I keep saying, it was not busy at all.
So a 5 out of 10 for me and a definite 2 out of 10 from my other half. Which is a shame because it looks great.
Music is too loud for the acoustics of the place. Books on the shelves are good though.
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Posted 16 September 2007 - 09:37 PM
These guys need to buy some milk and get a grip!
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Posted 08 November 2007 - 12:32 PM
They now have a fresh pie menu and I ordered a Minty Lamb Pie which was just what the Dr ordered for a cold Autumn evening. Lovely mash, and gravy. Service was very friendly. Manager came over to ask how the food was and we had a chat about where he sources the pies and that he has a different selection each week.
I would certainly recommend that previous visitors who were disappointed with the food give it another go even if only to try the pies....
Posted 06 December 2007 - 04:16 PM
Has anyone tried the pies in there I see advertised outside?
And where can I find info on what bands are playing and when? I want to get some mates together in the new year for some live music, beer and pie!?
Posted 11 December 2007 - 04:07 PM
I had the steak and kidney and Dai had the mushroom and asparagus. They came quickly and were just what was needed on a cold Sunday. Dai was very impressed with his pie - he said it was very tasty - far better than most veggie meals served in pubs.
Much better than our last visit. (Don't know how the pies will work in the Summer though)
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