This pretty, old pub perched on a spectacular piece of coastline, is a semi-regular destination for our family as it is roughly halfway between our homes. We’ve been coming for about two years now and until recently have enjoyed the venue. The menu changed a few months ago and, sadly, so did the quality of the meals.
They now serve what I would consider to be the bare minimum that they can get away with. The food isn’t bad, but it barely satisfies, and for most of the meals, zero consideration is given to presentation.
Two recent visits saw me ordering the fish and chips. A large slab of battered fish on reasonably good chips. I think the fish is hoki, not a favourite of mine as I find it quite bland. And not even a sprig of parsley on the plate let alone a bit of salad. And no, the menu doesn’t mention salad with the meal, but something green would be appreciated. I heard others complaining to wait staff about the same issue (and the waitress argued with the customers, a big no no).
My son had a Cape Grim sirloin with red wine jus, a thin piece of meat cooked adequately, but nothing to write home about and once again, no garnish or salad. Previously salad was included with steak and fish. Another in the party had the lamb skewer on cous cous, which looked to be the best of the bunch.
Weekdays the outdoor kitchen and bar are both closed, so if you want to sit outdoors it’s a long trek upstairs to pick up meals when the buzzer goes, which means meals are cold by the time you reach your table, so during the week it’s best to sit indoors in the covered dining area.
The pub has a spectacular outdoor dining area that is dog- and family-friendly, and has no poker machines (a huge plus in our eyes). On a fine day you couldn’t be in a better spot, frankly. Staff are mostly friendly and recently provided a bowl of water for our pooch without asking. If only the food was better...
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