1st time trading there. Prompted to post after seeing ipse dixit's pie post-->
Went for the United/Arsenal fixture last Tues. Classic derby brought out the die hard lunch crowd football fanboys turned temporary winos. Bar section filled with scrappy red-faced brutes.
Main room (big screen) featured coteries of a more mild fare. Even a family or two. Even a handful of real live girls! WTF? Everyone flauntin' their colors. Most enjoying their lunches. Not much booze here.
After the final whistle, opted to stay for a bite. Buddy wanted to sample the classics. So it was 1 shepheard's pie, 1 bangers 'n mash.
The pie arrived in the typical porcelain boat (5 x 7"), no pastry. 2 layers. Mince mutton/cow menagie spread about the bottom. Upper stratum featured a whipped mash, slight powdery feel. Optional cheese melt topped it off, along with some red spice.
Bangers were two ash-colored logs. Mash was as described above. Menu boasted of a special house guiness gravy served with the dish.
I'll start with the gravy: A1 and beer. Sour, bad. Served in a little plastic salsa cup. Mash was, well... No flavor. No butter. Pure potato. Froze instantly; rendered useless.
The bangers? Couldn't tell from which 'shire' they hailed. Definitely no hogs blood or saffron. Could taste the once-dried porridge inside, as it seemed to be saturated with the beer broth the poor bastards were boiled in. Mustard was hard. European. Overall: good.
On to the boat. Pure Stouffers. Mince was spiced carelessly. Least it wasn't greasy at all. Very lean. Cheese on top? That's a no no. But, somehow, it made the whole thing bearable. Waitress knew her shite.
Was it pub grub? Would've been, if not for the portions. Small. Bad value for these particular dishes. We polished 'em off in a snap. Yes all, we initially ordered 'cause we were blown away at the size of our neighbors' dishes. All were piled high on gigantic plates. Huge fish filets. Heaps of crisps. Burgers fit for two.
Go for the Stella. Go for the football. Eat only when necessary, i.e. to diminish your BAC before hitting the road.