So why then did I have a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach?
Well because the food on this occasion was really not good at all.
I don't say that lightly; like most bloggers, I didn't start a blog to be negative, there's enough of that on-line. I don't really enjoy these posts to be honest, but there's little point in reviewing anything unless you tell the truth. Here I have no choice at all, as the meal we had recently was such a massive disappointment. We'd really enjoyed it first time around as well. (Especially the pork belly).
For mains we had a Sharing board; Meat; salt beef, roast pork with crackling, potted duck, served with Troy’s piccalilli, crusty bread & pickles. It comes in at a whopping £14.50. The best I can say about this, was that it was edible. The pork was so dry, and the rest quite forgettable, like an average wedding buffet.
The most promising dish was the Savoury Cheesecake; Pea and artichoke savoury cheesecake with beetroot crisp. (£5.50). Sadly it didn't really deliver much in terms of flavour either.
None of it was cheap. We skipped desserts and got the bill.
So why didn't we say anything at the time? This is a complaint I often hear from restaurateurs. I can totally understand it. In this case I would have had to have sent everything back, and I'm not sure they could have done anything about it to be honest. Secondly, I'd just endured a 5 hour pig of a drive up and down the M6 in a journey that should have taken 2. I was knackered, and just needed to eat and have a few large glasses of red, before a red eye flight at 5am the next day. Thirdly, we were out with Mrs B's 80 year old Mum and Aunt who incidentally enjoyed it by the way (for what it's worth.) As it was Mrs B's mum's birthday I didn't want to spoil the evening, besides it had taken ages to come out in the first place. So we ate it all, (I'd not eaten all day) and kept our gobs shut. On the way home we agreed it was a huge disappointment. The following day in a typical Spanish seaside resort, we ate at a chiringuito (beach shack) we picked at random. The food was twice as good and yet half the price of the brasserie.
Parkers Arms for the same price! There was no love in the preparation of the food and consequently, we just didn't love it either. We didn't even like it much. Sorry, but it has to be said, otherwise, how will quality levels ever improve if we say everything is fine when it isn't anywhere near good enough for the price we paid?
Price: Not worth it in my opinion.
Service: 8/10 Really good, charming staff.
Very slow food coming out of the kitchen though, considering there were no other customers.
Atmosphere: Shame, as I really like it inside, quirky touches; shabby chic I suppose.
Food: Not very good on this occasion.
Star dish: None
Soundtrack; Bad Luck - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.