Received a warm welcome on arrival; however, the good service ended there. After ordering from the pre-theatre menu it was only on hearing the waiter speaking with other tables that we realised there were specials; one of which both my partner and I would have ordered. My starter of haggis pakora arrived without a word being said by the waiter. It was ok. The accompaniments of an attempt at raita and spiced onions were really poor though. They totally overpowered the dish. For the main courses, again put down without a word or a smile, my partner had daube of beef. The veg and rumbledethumps that came with it were lovely. The beef, on the other hand, was really fatty. My spiced pork and black pudding burger topped with a fried egg and served with French fries was equally disappointing. The burger really had no flavour, apart from when I got pieces of black pudding. There was heat from the spices, but no taste. The fries were really disappointing too. And the brown sauce they came with was horrid. Really vinegary and overpowering (I suspect it played a role in the spiced onions served with the aforementioned pakora). Pretty bland. The presentation was really bad as well. There was no finesse or style. A bun, a burger, an egg and a tub of chips. No lettuce or other garnish with the burger. Really basic looking and not particularly appetizing. Naturally no waiter approached us to enquire as to how our dishes were. We'd come to expect that though. My partner's dessert of treacle tart (served again without a word or a smile - maybe it said that on the menu!) Was nice though. So one dish out of four ain't bad!
I'd heard good things about this restaurant and was really disappointed.
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Jimmy Sadman - 15/11/2015