Picturesque rambling old pub pleasantly furnished and comfortable restaurant. The back garden area looked especially pleasant and music was playing despite the fact of being empty on a cool autumnal evening...or it could I suppose have been the chef's radio turned up in the kitchen. I noted "Shere Drop" a localish brew as one of the real ales, an improvement over the old days when it would have been Youngs, Youngs or Youngs, Good range of drinks especially wines by the glass. As I had been brave enough to travel north to meet colleagues in affluent Surrey I was not surprised by the drinks prices although the food prices represented overall fair value. Not too many choices on the menu as is generally par for the course at present and sod's law the one dish I especially fancied fresh hake was the only one "off". The alternative cod in batter was okay, fish fresh but I never quite understand why we need to cover so many things in thick batter. One colleague gave almost a rave review as to the shepherd's pie which did look good. Reasonable choice of desserts. Pleasant young staff, I thought the service slow considering not busy but at least it did give us a chance to have a good catch up between courses. Anxious to return home to deepest West Sussex to avoid complaint as to lateness from Mrs barryk I requested the bill but then realised that it was not one of our servers but fortunately it turned out to benot a customer but most personable manager lady just passing through on her evening off so I was spared embarrassment.
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