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Recently ventured north for my first visit to Idlewild on a Friday night for dinner with my girlfriend. On arrival the atmosphere buzzed pleasantly and I liked the eccletic feel to the furniture and venue generally. It seems to attract a fairly diverse crowd from 'twentysomethings' on their way home from work or heading out, through to older drinkers (and their dogs) treating it as a 'regular', which all added to the experience.
I had scallops then lamb and she had prawns then linguine. Both starters were pleasant in their own way with some simple but effective combinations. The mains were a bit more diverse, the lamb was tasty but the pasta was bland - perhaps fortune favours the more adventurous palate when choosing dishes here! There did appear to be a lot of people ordering burgers, so maybe there's a clue that they are worth looking out for. Service was good and it was priced fairly for what was on offer.
Overall impression of the place was positive. The ales weren't especially imaginative, but I guess that perhaps their target market is comsuming things other than bitter. A bit out the way from where I live to say that I'll be back soon, but I'd have no hesitation recommending it to anyone in the area.
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Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7
Monday, October 25, 2010