I managed to get there for lunch on Dec. 31st, prior to going out for Trivia. I ordered the banger and mash and my husband had the shepherd's pie. The banger was made by a guy who works there and is opening up Vermont Salumi (doesn't have his retail license for cured meats yet, I think he said, but it's in process). The mash had been JUST finished in time for my lunch. So it was fresh and utterly delightful. The shepherd's pie was braised lamb, braised cabbage, diced carrots, and mashed potatoes. I tasted it and thought the combination was delightful (and not one I'd have come up with myself). My husband thought the carrots were a bit too crunchy (I like them that way and they gave a nice contrast to the rest of the dish, IMO), and he thought there were too many (he doesn't really like carrots very much). He liked the rest of it, though. Frankly, my husband isn't their audience, I am.
My lunch was one banger and a nice pile of mash. A bit pricey at $12.50 but -really good-. I sure couldn't make a banger that good myself. I liked it a lot. To be fair to the Brits, it wasn't a truly British banger. Not nearly fatty enough.
But it was damn tasty. Our lunches came with a nice salad of tossed greens with slivered almonds and dried fruit (I think cranberries) and a light cider vinaigrette that I thought was delightful, my husband would have preferred a bit more dressing on his salad.
On the table they served a small dish of smoked Maine Sea Salt, regular Maine Sea Salt, and pink Himalaya salt. I have the pink at home, so I didn't try it, but I sprinkled some of the smoked salt on my salad and it was FANTASTIC.
I loved it. The only whinge I have is that the mashed potatoes were so perfectly salted that I couldn't add the smoked salt to them.
It would have been too much salt.
We didn't have room for dessert, but I was very interested in the plum pudding with hard sauce.
I still highly recommend this place for a fine dining experience.
The service was awesome and they're very nice. The venue is very intimate. Give it a go!