afternoon – it was a reasonably pleasant day and there was a handy pub an hour’s
walk from Reading town centre called The Cunning Man.
It looks nice on the outside, with a presumably fake thatched roof (forgive me
for my lack of thatch expertise – Thatcher yes, thatch no) and plenty of
outdoor seating – a rather pleasant setting.
albeit still rather dirty with last night’s cigarette butts everywhere, whilst
awaiting my dining partner for the afternoon.
It was pleasantly warm – for a northerner – at around 15’C.
there is an option for more than one meat, it is very difficult for me to avoid
choosing this. I am yet to conclude as
to whether this is a wise idea – does my greed obstruct my ability to appreciate
a particular roast?
staff – our order was taken pretty much straight away, I went for a pee, came
back and it arrived.
helping than The Moderation had managed – 4decent baby carrots for a start, which is
3 more than the aforementioned had considered appropriate.
microwaved. More soggy and solid than
crispy – but I have had worse efforts.
pork with no immediately obvious hint of herbs.
I have no idea what sweetcured means.
upgrade from the Toby Carvery. All the
meats tasted roughly the same. 1 slice of each around 3-4mm thick.
We did ask how thick the gravy was before ordering, and the waitress
said it was quite thick this week. I
like a good consistency. The thicker the
It looked promising and we got extra gravy upon request – not sure why
it wasn’t poured in the Yorkshire, which is close to a criminal offence, which
by the way seemed very similar to a slightly-larger than normal Aunt Bessie’s
frozen Yorkshire pudding. But the flavour
of the gravy was so over-powering – again a tomato-based taste, as you can see
from the hint of red. I really don’t get
this wannabe-fancy different tasting gravy.
Just some beef or chicken stock will do.
Hell, even serve me Bisto granules if you have to.
despite not having eaten anything prior to this.
high 6’s. A decent amount of food and the quality was fine. As it is, it was marginally
better than The Moderation and it receives a score of 5.4 out of 10.
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than the gravy.