I first visited this restaurant for lunch in May of this year with my husband and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality and value of the set lunch (£10 for 2 courses for £15 for 3 courses). We had visited this restaurant a couple of times before and had found it pricey and poor value for money, (but we were tempted back by the price of the set lunch). However, it seems to have changed hands and be much improved. Our most recent visit was yesterday when we took a party of 17 people to the restaurant for lunch following our daughter's christening. We chose this restaurant based on our experience/visit in May, but as ever with a large party booking we had some concerns about whether the quality/service would be as good with a large party, and we had also seen a couple of negative reviews on this site.
As it turns out we had a fabulous meal and a lovely time. From the first time we made contact the restaurant was very accommodating, e.g. arranging a special meal for the children that were in our group and warming up baby meals on the day. The staff were very attentive and the set menu (around 3-4 choices for each course) was very good (e.g. smoked makerel pate, bruschetta with mushrooms, green bean and brie risotto, steak & ale pie, mussels in cider and cream etc.). The main problem people had was choosing what to have as the menu was so good! Service was excellent and everybody had their meal within a few minutes of each other, which is great as so many restaurants seem to struggle with large parties.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and we felt comfortable dining there with children, as the staff were clearly happy to accomodate children. The bill was very reasonable (again we had opted for the set lunch menu) and although service was added to the bill, this was clearly pointed out to me before I paid to ensure I was happy to have this included, which I was. This was a nice touch and made a change from some restaurants which add on a service charge without informing you, in the hope of any extra tip on top.
All in all, we had a lovely afternoon and our guests were very happy with their meals. Having left North London five years ago where we were spoiled with good local restaurants, we are glad to have finally found a great local restaurant! We will be back and would recommend it to others.