From the outside the building looks beautiful and it has fantastic views when sitting outside. The inside of the building is also very nice and homely and clean. However, the food really doesn't live up to expectations.
The menu reads very nicely and you conjure up an image of what you think it may resemble when it arrives at the table. When the food came it was so very disappointing. The starter of "roasted field mushrooms with camembert and a garlic breadcrumb crust" was in fact 2 soggy breakfast mushrooms with hardly any cheese on, and only one of them was sprinkled with the breadcrumbs. The cost - £4.40! They did remove them from the bill after complaining.
The mains were very poor, too. Mixed grill was rubbery and the fried egg was not runny and flowing into your steaks, it was hard as if it had been made earlier then re-heated. The Moroccan spiced lamb burger had no inkling of spice, was served between 2 pieces of flatbread about 3" x 5" and a bowl of sweet potato wedges, now the funny bit - £8.80!
I would go in for a drink and to enjoy the scenery, but would certainly not eat in there again.
Three friends and myself had a very disappointing meal at the carvery in the Crosspool Tavern this past Monday evening.
We arrived at 7PM and were told there was no turkey or gammon left, which only left beef. Even though that wasn't our first choice, we all took the beef since there was no alternative. The beef was so tough that we were all unable to eat it. This is the second time this has happened to us at this restaurant, and we will definitely not be going back again for our twice-yearly get-togethers.
We would rather pay more for our meals, and be able to enjoy them.
Great pub, very friendly staff, great people, made many friends in this pub. Magic atmosphere - used to visit every other weekend. Drove from North East of Scotland for a night out in this pub will visit again soon. Hi to all the local people who use this pub.
We had a university re-union at this pub on Saturday 23rd May 2009. I booked in advance for 16 of us.
Roger, the pub landlord, and all his staff were excellent. The food was fresh, tasty and very reasonable. Service was excellent and quick. Very good variety of beers for the boys! Although they didn't have a large selection of wine, because of the size of the party, Roger provided us with other wines as requested. They couldn't have done enough!
Although unlikely to be in the area again, if I was, I'd certainly call in for a meal. It's a minute off the motorway and has a far better atmosphere than the sometimes grotty services! Well done to all staff for helping us to have an excellent weekend.
My husband and I were recommended this pub and decided to give it a try - which we did today.
We had the humongous Dan Pie (and believe you me it was) and thoroughly enjoyed the meal, it was excellent. The service was very good and staff very friendly. Next time if I have the pie I think I will take one of the grandchildren and share it.
Would definitely recommend the food here, very reasonable and plenty of it.
We were also the first Mr & Mrs to eat the pie and our certificate is No. 086 would be interested to see who gets the 100.
Very busy on arrival but we found a table with ease. Lots of staff around but not much seams to be being done, only 2 bar staff serving so I spent the first 15 minutes waiting at the bar.
Food ordered with ease, hot shared platter for starters and 9oz ribeye for main (that's mine) by the way I am writing this at the time we are in the Admiral Rodney. Starters are here and wow - how gutted are we, nowhere near £10.95 worth, and over cooked. Not happy with that but hey - everyone can make a mistake. We'll wait for mains and pass judgment after that.
Not bad, small portions and the children's steak was too over-cooked, but then again my daughter will eat a rare steak with me and most kids are not like that.
Overall OK, could have had better service and the toilets are very smelly.