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The Pumphouse Dining Bar

On a good day, The Pumphouse kitchen produced superb food. I remember in particular succulent crispy battered haddock with lashings of hot chunky chips, perfectly cooked scallops and superb and generously portioned deserts, including a tiramisu that would convert even the most hardened anti-tiramisu critic. Sadly, all that has changed. The irrascible Johnnie Mountain sold up in exasperation with New River Village and their parking policy earlier this year and returned to his old stomping ground of Mosaica @ The Factory. Their gain is definitely our loss. Boards outside The Pumphouse now advertise pizzas for £5 and the menu has undergone a transmogrification into a lacklustre Italian one. Although a few of the original dishes are still more or less there (e.g. the tiramisu but in a much reduced portion), there's little left of the soul of the old place and certainly not the fantastic haddock and chips. Even the pizzas aren't a patch on the ones on JM's original menu. And with the child-friendly emphasis of the new menu, the place is overflowing with large family groups and kids running around the place. And the wine list is boring. We won't be going back.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 1 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3

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