We went to the historic Hole in the Wall last week in search of a good pint and good food and bit of an atmosphere. We certainly got the good ale - try the Topsail which is from the local Bays brewery, a fine ale! Atmosphere was great ; a nice mix of locals and holiday makers a nice buzz of chat and activity. The bar I must say is a very well oiled machine, run spectacularly well. If you like whiskey you have come to the best place, they have a varied selection which I really think they should advertise as it really is an eye popping selection. Do go to the bar it is worth it just for the pint and the atmosphere.
So here comes the bad bit. For someone who eats out often and isn't snobby, just likes well cooked good food at a reasonable price we were both very disappointed.
We were in the midst of a busy Saturday night and were told to wait which we were happy to do because of the fine Ale ! I ordered mussels and my other half ordered scollops on a bed of rice with a cream and brandy sauce, Main was Chicken and Ribs in BBQ sauce and I had the special of local fillet of sole topped with prawns and with a tomato concasse.
I had to have plaice in place of the sole, this was fine but no change to the price which was on the menu at £18. The mussels were ok but I felt needed some cream and the sauce was plonked together, there was no love there for the beautiful little Brixham mussels. I suspect some lazy garlic may have been used here also. My partners Scollops were cooked fine nice and sweetas they should be. However he was amused and bewildered at the bizarre idea of a boiled rice and cream savoury rice pudding affair which the scollops were presented on, I tried it and it was pretty bad, like a student kitchen experiment gone badly wrong :(
We had some hopes left for the main but alas all hope faded when my partner was presented with a plate of ribs straight from the microwaveable bag, chicken was tough and a mound of shrivelled up peas and overcooked chips finished off the BBQ fest. My fish was cooked fine although the veg accompaniment was a little strange I had over microwaved veg with a big spoonful of dauphinoise potato.. ? Not sure this really went with my tomato based fish dish.. Again confused menu and might i say confused chef? This kind of food is acceptable if you are not fussed about flavour, presentation and care. Care is the operative word here, you expect this kind of stuff in say a Harvester. This place has missed a trick, I advise redeorate the restaurant, do what you do best, shrink the menu and use the wonderful fish and seafood, ditch the pre packed ribs et al and make it a place to go to not a place you want to run from!
A crying shame.
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