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Oasthouse - 15 Aug 2015 19:49
I'd been to this pub a few times before last night and I seem to remember it used to have a reputation for doing quite special food and having some decent beer. They used to do roast duck hearts as a bar snack!

I went along last night for the first time in a year or more and the place was virtually empty with only Landlord and London Pride on. Had a pint of the Pride which was below average sadly. Couldn't see any sign of decent food either.

Quite sad because the service was friendly! Maybe I went at the wrong time.
Pin - 22 Mar 2012 16:14
Went there for lunch. Food average, with small portions; one of us had the fish and chips and the piece of fish was hardly bigger than the chips !
Beers good but expensive but it is a pleasant place to be in with friendly efficient staff.

We were not so pleased that a 12.5% service charge was added to entire bill, including beers orderd from the bar, which put another 50p or so on to a pint of the already expensive beers. Advice is to pay for deinks separately as you buy them.
Jimdee - 10 Feb 2012 12:24
Recently went in a large group for a 'gastro pub' dinner.
Nice pub, beer good, but not cheap, and generally a boozer, with outside seating.
However, as far as food & Service went, the place is far from meeting expectations.
Food was lousy and over-priced as if put together by someone who watched one of these masterchef programs on TV and thought I can do that!, the service was poor and amaturish, overall would not return for food but maybe a pint.
bloodylimey - 19 Dec 2011 16:50
It has an outside space that get the sun. It does decent beers that are always well kept. The bar snacks are great - home cured salami and freshly fried warm runny Scotch eggs etc. Their menu is creative and tasty and well priced. So why the lowish score? Twice I have left a card behind the bar when having drinks only, to find a service charge added when I came to pay. If you bring me my beers with a smile I wouldn't mind. This brings me to my second point - service. If you get served by the young chap expect smiles and service. If you get served by the landlady, then expect to move on to the next pub after you finish your pint.
Nilbymouthbutbeer - 10 Aug 2011 14:03
A cracking pub with great beer, great food and super helpful, smiley staff. The food's always been good, but I am a regular anew now that they've got a pretty amazing fish & chips and bloody good steak permanently on the menu, as every pub should.
saphy - 11 Feb 2011 01:49
I went for Sunday lunch on a date. The food was above average with nicely kept beer. Service was good and the whole place had a relaxed atmosphere. There are better places, but there are a lit more worse. I would be happy to go again
SomersetChris - 4 May 2010 14:03
This is very much a restaurant really, though it does do reasonable ales - Adnams Bitter and TT Landlord to name two. Also the building is pleasant and hasn't been mucked around with much. Besides, it's a better class of gastro and is linked with the local chapter of Slow Food. We all had a good time in their back room.
rainlight - 2 Apr 2009 20:07
I_Like_Brandy may well have the wrong pub - there is no television at all.
mittylou - 10 Apr 2008 13:54
Surprised really by the low rating for this place.
Yes, itís a bit gastropuby now and yes, it gets full at times with Guardianistas from up the road. But itís a nice old pub that hasnít had a hideous refurb, there is plenty of space outside in the summer and the beer is always good. As it was last night with a decent couple of pints of Adnams had.

mrse1 - 27 Feb 2008 10:07
I like this pub on every level except for the large television in the corner. I find this kills the atmosphere and is totally anti-social.... otherwise a nice London pub with good food and beer.
I_like_brandy - 21 Feb 2008 16:30
If you squint really, really hard, you can almost see the remnants of a good pub behind the gastropub facade. The shell is a nice, traditional, wood panelled pub, but don't be fooled. Inside, you'll only find overpriced drinks, and pseudo-chi chi food; "Irish Hereford Steak in Bearnaise Sauce" for example. Ooooh! Irish you say!?!? How exotic. The sauce was about an inch thick too, and tasted like it was it was made from a Coleman's instant packet. "Why did you have the steak if you're such a cynic about it?" I hear you say? Well, because being an up-its-own-arse gastropub, they only offer four dishes a night, and the other 3 didn't appeal (2 seafood, one vegetarian, not exactly your alpha-male fare).

I don't particularly like gastropubs, but I know a good one from an bad one, and this was certainly towards the latter end of the scale.
topdog_andy - 15 Jan 2008 09:02
My bedroom used to overlook the beer garden so I know the clientele all too well - opinionated journo types guffawing at nothing. Gets very busy in shorts bursts and then is completely quiet. Run by a nice but dim posh couple who know nothing about putting the PUB into gastroPUB. Ate here recently and was very disappointed - the most expensive gastropub I have ever visited yet far, far from the best.

On the plus side they have good beers, but they are very pricey and its certainly not somewhere you'd go for just a beer.
anonymous - 10 Feb 2006 11:54
Like it - especially the food. What it ain't, for a proper meal, is cheap. Had a damn good goose roast dinner there last Christmas.

Fewer Grauniad types and I'd be there more often.
gingerweasel - 26 Oct 2005 17:34
Proper w*nky pub this!
Gastro new media, not enough on the menu and too expensive. Went there once and wont be going back.
stoner - 23 Sep 2005 11:14
Bit of a gastropub this, with the majority of punters turning up for the food. Probably just as well since the beer was disappointingly average. Quality bar service though.
coder_joe - 9 Dec 2004 21:26
this is not a pub. Too expensive and food dominated.
Andrew MacLeod - 18 Jul 2004 15:29
Quite liked this place. A bit quiet when I went, but it was a Wednesday. :-)
TheG - 28 May 2004 16:55
Lovely pub, tucked away from the London rush. Excellent food, good beers and wine. A great place to relax with friends and family.
cathy - 8 May 2004 12:43
Great old city pub, newly done up: good cask ales, wine and excellent food. Lovely patio garden. Really nice staff.
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