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“Limited vegan choice but otherwise very good”

The Stamford Public House
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Ranked #4 of 6 Restaurants in Bowdon
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

By contrast to the tastefully cosy pub section, the restaurant is modern, light and airy, in an extended part of the building. Service was cordial. My three companions all had pate to start, which they enjoyed, and a roast beef dinner as a main course with lots of accompaniments on the plate including cauliflower cheese. One said that the mashed swede was slightly cold. They were able to choose how well done they wanted their beef and overall they were highly satisfied. Despite lavish promises of a special vegan order when I booked two weeks in advance, my vegan choices were very limited, as there was only one starter and one main suitable for vegans and my starter of tambouleh and courgette ribbons just had the haloumi omitted without any price reduction. Still, it was fresh, piquant and well presented. My main dish of excellently flavoured Thai red curry and very small rice portion was delicious. If I’d wanted a pudding, hard luck unless I opted for prosecco sorbet which I’d have preferred in between the starter and main. Very good value at about £120 for four people including several drinks each. Samuel Adams Boston lager is served in two thirds of a pint glasses and was perfection.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Went on Sunday at 16.00 and surprised to find that it was very full. Lots of people eating in the pub area but the restaurant was empty, it looks like people prefer a casual meal rather than sitting at a formal table. It remained busy during the couple of hours we were there, lots of children and lots of dogs. Had the Sunday lunch which was well cooked and good value. Service was good and friendly, plenty bar staff. Lots of choice with beers, the Moretti was served very cold, which is great. The vibe is country pub, it works and great to see that it is so popular.

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Reviewed 19 January 2018

Booked a meal here on NYE. We went here when it first opened and were sufficiently impressed to book again. On offer was a five course taster menu for £50 per head.
Atmosphere was cold. Restaurant was only 2/3 full and heating was provided by portable heaters. The result was that the room was cold and had an atmosphere of Propane gas.
Food was very disappointing. The first course was a scallop dish, quite tasty. Second course was anaemic and flabby ravioli. Third course fish was ok, but the main meat course, braised beef cheek was stringy and heavy. The pudding was awful - a chocolate dish with an orange sauce so sharp that you could hardly eat it. Most of our party left theirs. Afterwards we were just sort of left to wander through to the bar, and their was no effort at all to try to make it a festive occasion.
I've read a few reviews of this recently. It seems to have really gone off the boil after a good start. I don't think we;ll be going again.

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

This is a fantastic pub and restaurant! A brilliant open kitchen and friendly chefs who had time to wave at the inquisitive grand children! The food was excellent although my lamb was little cold. The children's food came quickly and ours a fair wait but we went at a busy time. The menu is good, It is mid range pricing and the food is delicious and well presented. The decor is fresh and modern. The bar busy and lively. The children were excited about the sticky toffee oven full to bursting! Rioja was excellent, the staff friendly and the ambiance buzzy and fun. Look forward to returning soon!

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

After an amazing first visit(hence the extra star) we went for a second visit during the week, 6 tables only in the restaurant. Confused staff with no waiting experience. We had our drinks(pint of cider and glass of red wine) 25 minutes after we have ordered them. 45 minutes later we have finally got the food. By this time there were 9 tables in the restaurant. My burger was absolutely disgraceful. The bun was dry, cold and looking like it was waiting to be sold for the last 2-3 days(talking from experience). We have asked for the desert menu after that and ordered a desert which arrived 35 minutes later. It was a cold desert already made. This one was taken off the bill.

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