Things I hate – any venue which considers wild mushroom risotto or goat's cheese & red onion tart adequate fare for a vegetarian. I can count on the fingers of one foot the number of times I have been whelmed by either of these offerings outside my own kitchen ('er indoors makes a damn fine risotto).
Things I love – burgers, choice, flavour, generous portions, choice again, and happy staff. At Mildreds, all of this is available in abundance, and I'm fast becoming a regular.
I have a weakness for burgers, but I made sure that visit #1 avoided Mildreds burger of the day (although m'learned colleague did indulge). After a lot of dithering (choice, you see) I went with (a) a glass of Tempranillo and (b) a deliciously crispy, richy mushroom & ale pie. Impressions: really good portions (I'm glad I didn't have a starter, or the afternoon would have been unproductive), and really great food – it's wonderful to have a plate in front of you which was so… welcoming. Yes, folks, the food beckoned.
Visit #2 was 2 of your earth weeks later, and I gave in to my inner burger lover who also ordered a glass of Tempranillo (again). Should mention that the wine list is short but sweet, with nice choices including organic wines. Burger of the day was apple & fennel and awesome. Filling, in a perfect bun, with a huuuge slab of beef tomato, a few rings of red onion and a great stack of chips.
Service is good – plenty of staff are around, so it's easy to catch an eye and get served and pay quickly.
Bill was about £15 a head each time, and I left sated, happy and recommending Mildreds to veggies and carnivores alike.