This inn has under gone a full make over, which I have watched happen as I passed so often, going in and out of Welshpool town.
I waited to try this venue, to give it a chance to settle into a routine, and the kitchen staff to become accustomed to their working environment, before I would take the chance and eat here.
Maybe I should have gone as soon as they opened, and everyone was excited at the thought of doing well, because I did NOT enjoy the whole experience.
The lay out of the place has been given thought to, it is light and airy in one part, or more romantic and cosy in another, the table lay out covers couples or larger groups.
A group of 5 of us decided to eat here, 3 American friends i had staying with us, it was not a busy day and the rear doors were open, allowing a breeze to flow though, this was nice but brought its own problems.
4 out of the 5 of us ended up with horse fly bites to our legs, but that is not a fault of the inn owners just a situation of being close to new cut grass and two small streams.
The meal was not long in coming, we all had something different from the menu, but we all had something about each meal that we did not like, the mild curry was far to hot even for a curry lover, the chips were over done , but nice fat home made ones, and being so large probably over done on the outside to cook the center,, myself i had a 10oz rump steak, with salad, instead of chips, being diabetic, the salad was a meal on its own really,far to big as a side, as I only wanted a replacement for my chips on the plate, but got a huge salad meal, my steak was only just warm, even to the point of being cold, which I pointed out to the waitress, when she returned with more of our order, she returned to offer to re-heat it, or as I would say, DRY IT OUT SOME MORE, not the best idea for a steak lover, that said a 10oz steak very quickly became more like 7oz, or even less, as the amount of gristle, was a huge disappointment, and not the sort of thing i wanted to keep removing from my mouth, when eating with others.
Well the meal had been paid for in advance, by our guests, so any compensation was offered as a free sweet or drink, neither was I willing to take up, as our guests wished to get away from the biting flies and continue towards home.
So to sum up..
Nice situation, nice lay out, pleasant staff , quality of the food could be better, with a little more attention to detail in the kitchen, and better customer relationship skills, they could have a winner here.
OVERALL A DISAPPOINTMENT