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Traditional, inviting and tasty!

This is a venue that I feel I need to go back to. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal here however the venue had run out of a lot of things including my first choice of mains and dessert as well as my dining companions. This particular day the venue had advertised that they were doing some specials in conjunction with 'National Burger Day'. I was excited to order their special cajun chicken burger which sounded delicious. When ordering we discovered that they did not have any of their burgers left other than their standard burger on the menu which was disappointing considering our table was at an early time of 6.30.

I decided to start with the grilled sour dough with roasted vegetables, mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinegar. This dish was so light, yet extremely tasty and is not something I have seen as a starter on a menu before. It was a great start to the meal which straight away started to turn the evening around. This is something that I would definitely order again. The flavours complimented each other really well and I was pleasantly satisfied yet still excited for my main course.

The main event for me was the slow braised lamb shank. Delicious, delicious, delicious! The meat literally slid off the bone (as it should) and I could not get enough of it. The herb mash was a great touch to lighten the deep tastes from the lamb and the gravy.

On to the final stretch, I decided to keep it basic and went for the chocolate fudge cake with ice cream. I am a huge chocoholic and this cake was everything I wanted and more. The cake was moist and the huge slice I was given was drizzled in warm chocolate sauce, if it was socially acceptable to lick the plate clean I would have!

Our waitress that evening was nothing short of wonderful! Extremely attentive, kind and noticing our initial disappointment with the menu did everything she could to ensure we had an enjoyable evening. She is a credit to the team.

The venue itself is gorgeous with its striking black and white Tudor exterior, lots of exposed brick and wood floors and panelling. It gives you a warm and inviting feeling and I can imagine it being extremely cosy when the fire is lit during the colder months. It has a lovely spacious garden out the back with lots of seating and a spacious car park.

In conclusion I feel as though I need to return as despite the food being comforting and delicious, there are lots more things that I would like to try! If you are looking for inviting, cosy, great staff and a hearty traditional meal then this is a great place to visit. Click here to head over to the venues website.

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