Held back saying anything until our second visit on Easter Saturday but now having had two lunches here feel in a position to be subjective about this very welcome addition to our local eating establishments.
So one weekday visit and another at the weekend, both I am happy to say well received with both food and staff.
The hospitality trade is notoriously difficult at keeping good staff and here they have certainly made an excellent start. Really from entering the building to departing one feels welcome and an interest in you as a person rather than a money machine. I only hope that they can continue to maintain this level of staff, it might be helped of course by the fact that they do impose a 10% service fee on both food and drinks which we are assured is given back to all members of staff. Whilst it is true that one can remove this I see no reason to do so whilst the service remains as good as it is.
The main dining area is full of light with good spaces between tables, even the tables for two are adequate and for once not all shoved in the dark corners.
Good variety of ales and wines although as usual the mark up on wines encourages one to weep, specially remembering that a further 10% will be added to your bill. Well run restaurants can make a very decent living from food and it continues to annoy me that they mark up really quite ordinary wines by I guess a factor of at least three.
The food is good, not outstanding but good, certainly good enough to want to come back.
Talking of "add ons" I am not sure why the pies are not served with a potatoes, they just come with beans. Add another £3.50 for potato and they are creeping towards £20 for a meat pie!
There are still a number of dishes for us to try so we will be returning certainly for lunch and hopefully for dinner if we can get a table!
Two car parks and very clean toilets.
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