I loved what we found inside – lots of little mis-matched tables and chairs, quirky posters and old pictures on the walls and a bar full of bits and pieces with an open kitchen behind it. This place felt very comfortable and really cosy. They also offer a very reasonably priced two course set menu for £8.95.
The style of food is modern British/European I guess, with a tapas menu chalked up on the wall too. The vegetarian options were few but what was there all sounded good. To start with, Dave had the blue cheese and walnut salad and I had a dish from the tapas menu – garlic mushrooms. I would have ordered the spicy tomato pasta but as Dave was having that for his main, I was out of options. The salad was great – plenty of walnuts, not too much cheese but the cheese was nice quality. It’s a classic combo which will always work. My mushrooms were nice but nothing special – the best I can say is that they were very generous with the garlic which I approve of wholeheartedly!
For our mains, Dave had a spicy tomato pasta dish which was really disappointing. On a trip to the toilet downstairs, he saw a big bag of wholesale dried pasta and tins of sauce on shelves, confirming our suspicions that it wasn’t homemade. Sadly, this dish was just a bit watery and completely bland. Anyone at home could do a better job. I had homemade quiche with chips and salad. The salad was the same as the one we ate for the starter and the chips were definitely frozen, although cooked well and tasty. The quiche really was good and stood out from everything else we ate.
The saving grace of the evening was the sachertorte we shared. Boozy and very rich with little chunks of crystalised apricot on top, it was delicious! I looked on their website to see if the puddings are home made but it didn’t say. Despite its richness we cleaned the plate within minutes.