A posh, inviting gastro pub, especially inviting was the sitting area with soft chairs and sofa around from the bar.
Flatbread with a rather runny hummus that ran with the right set of aromatics in lieu of butter.
A special of fried dover sole offered the remarkable, slow pleasure of teasing the moist, delicate flesh of the frame of the fish. Batter was light, crispy, golden. A refreshing side of rocket/arugula and frissee, and some honest-to-goodness tartare sauce. Excellent starter.
The tender, livery venison paired well with a cherry sauce. A well tuned match, but I vaguely regretted not requesting my venison rare. Accompaniments: a sound but ordinary potato cake and mayo or cream coated savoy cabbage, the latter perhaps ever so slightly heavy.
A formidable cube of toffee pudding, necessarily served in a vast bowl. A good scoop of vanilla ice cream appeared modest in contrast to the ample pudding, together they comfort with hot and cold, the toffee flavour rich and sweet.
Together with a glass of wine, and an inclusive 12% service charge, ~£44. Effective, down-to-earth service, amiable but not intrusive.