this is claude bosi's latest venture.
the pub is in the middle of the common (get a cab to/from the station if you don't fancy a long uphill walk in the dark) and was almost entirely laid out for diners - there was one table by the door that was occupied by people who were just drinking.
we started with pork scratching which were predictably good. very salty.
my starter was pork pie with picallili which was just wonderful - a slice from a large pie, lovely flavour accentuated by white pepper and the apple jelly that sat between the pork and the pastry. good picallili too. my boyfriend had the rilette (goose i think) which i thought was dreadful - the flavour of meat din't come though at all and you were just left with a greasy feeling in your mouth. if it had been mine i'd only have managed the initial mouthful. prawn cocktail was a good old-fashioned option.
mains - fish & chips were good. i particularly liked the peas which came with them. i had pollock which was served on top of some leeks with an indescript sauce (i can't remmeber what it was and the online menu is not the same as they were offering). i was disappointed with this - the fish was slightly dry and there wasn't anything intersting about the flavours of the dish as a whole.
the treacle tart was wonderful but very dense and chewy - it was almost like a walnut toffee. in contrast the chocolate tart was incredibly light and melt-in-the-mouth.
i wouldn't rush back as the food was so mixed but it's nice to have tried it. has anyone else been?