This large pub/restaurant is part of a chain which can bring concerns about just how good the food will be. This pub majors on its Josper grill with many of the dishes cooked with this. I am not sure what this involves and opted for their Slow cooked Pork as a main which was superb. Succulent pork belly has a dark rich gravy with vegetables cooked al dente and served with a buttery mash. There was a pot of apple purée which was delightfully tart and a superlative bit of crackling marred slightly by being presented dunked in the purée - on the side and dry with the option to coat with gravy or purée would have been better. Chose a glass of Chilean Merlot in the middle of their price range but coming in at 6.20 for 175ml. It was a good wine but not sure good enough for that price tag. Finished with the Banoffee Sundae which was a bit too sickly for me. I would have preferred less sauce brownie and biscuit and more banana and vanilla ice cream. Service was good and I was sat opposite their kitchen service area - their chef was professional, on the ball and clearly managing his team well. And any chef who can serve up that pork dish is never going to be short of work! My only gripe was the £31 cost for the meal including a 750ml bottle of still water. The pork at 16.50 was well priced but the drinks and dessert (£6.50) were too expensive. It is marginal though and if it had come in at 28.50 I would have happily awarded 5 stars as it is this is a 4.25 stars from me. If you like pork though do make sure you try this!
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