The ingredients speak for themselves and they have a lot to say.

My chicken nicoise salad (£7.50/£15.50) – which, incidentally, is great for a light sharing starter – has some loquacious sundried tomatoes blending holding forth amid a forest of salad leaves, soft boiled egg, new potatoes and lightly chargrilled chicken.

Chicken nicoise salad, £7.50/£15.50

I was informed the special of fish pie (£15), pictured, caused quite an uprising when it was removed from the menu, so I had to test this out and I reckon it’s worthy of a small scale riot.

The Dorest-reared fish screamed freshness, from beneath its fluffy potato and herb crust. My dining companion had a smartly presented, eloquent chicken schnitzel (£18.75), served on top of juicy courgettes, confit cherry tomatoes and pesto sauce.

Chocolate and peanut butter fondant, £6.50, with ice cream.

Going for another recommendation, we finished with the bon mots of a heavenly chocolate and peanut butter fondant with ice cream (£6.50), its bouncy sponge offset by a deliciously oozy chocolate centre.

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