We have been meaning to call in as we heard Lisa and Malcolm had retired last year and last Sunday finally we did. Firstly, a real shame no sample menu is displayed on the website, we have looked often but have never been tempted as we had no idea of food style or prices other than reading other TA reviews, however, we took a risk as the pub is a little off the beaten track but a lovely drive near to Midhurst.
We went for olives and bread as we were told the mains would take a little time as freshly cooked which is obviously a good thing but on reflection we wished we hadn't as the main course was very generous and we would have preferred a pudding but we should have said so. We were a little disappointed that the roast lamb was described as fatty as it isn't our thing but appreciated the explanation and didn't choose it. The roast pork was beautifully cooked though again we thought fatty ... belly pork rather than roast leg of pork and the other choice was not a roast chicken but chicken supreme so we went for the belly pork which again we felt was rather rich. Roast potatoes were very hot, fresh and tasted beautiful, veg was nice but the greens a little too under-cooked but better that way rather than over-cooked I guess. The Yorkshire pudding wasn't great as I think it needed more egg and hadn't risen much so I left most of it though didn't feel particularly bothered as there was plenty of food without it. I always suspect restaurants who serve it without beef are filling the plate rather than offering something delectable and in this case I'm afraid I was right. I sound picky but largely everything was presented nicely, hot, fresh but somehow not as good as it could be though reasonably priced we felt.
We couldn't manage desserts which sounded lovely and looked good on the next table (fruit crumble, chocolate brownie with ice cream etc.) as I said we definitely should have missed the bread and olives for the dessert.
On reflection we enjoyed our lunch and said so but towards the end of the meal felt the meat was just too rich which was a shame as we would visit again but not on a Sunday. However, if there is no online menu to show what sort of food is being offered on Saturdays or during the evenings I doubt we will be tempted in the near future ... you have a website so please at least give a sample menu. Lisa and Malcolm uploaded a menu every day which was wonderful but middle road would be appreciated. Most of my friends surf the net checking menus before deciding where to eat so I know I'm not alone in this request?
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