Booked a table of 4 for Sunday lunch and first impressions were brilliant. Big spacious bar, plenty of selection of drinks especially real and craft ales. Seated easily and drinks order was taken fine. Disappointed that the regular menu wasn't available but can't have any qualms as it is a Sunday! A good Sunday lunch is few and far between, as we were to find out.
Firstly, our starters left very little to the imagination. I got the deep fried brie and instantly knew it had been pulled from a freezer packet and garnished with limp, undressed salad leaves and a minuscule attempt at an onion relish. Very little flavour in the brie and one of the other members of the table actually had a small hole in their brie where the cheese had managed to escape partially into the fryer! Still, never mind, on to the main course!
I ordered the braised shoulder of lamb which I was expecting a pulled and rolled/pressed portion of lamb. Instead, what I got I don't even think was the shoulder! It resembled the leg steak cut, very fatty (Fat would render more if slow cooked) and absolutely zero flavour. The vegetables were freezing cold as were the potatoes and mash I had on my plate. One of the party had to wait an extra 10 minutes for her main course as apparently it was arriving from a "different kitchen". True or not, to wait 10 minutes whilst we picked at ours in starving politeness is terrible. We did have the missing meal taken off the bill and 10% knocked off for the inconvenience but we were left feeling very underwhelmed, as we were recommended the place by friends. I would like to see the regular menu in full flow but the Sunday lunch did not fill me with much confidence. less