I’ve been in various incarnations of the bar now known as Treacle, over the years. It has often played the role of stop-off point, rather than the main focus of the evening, but after a long day at the office, it was to its lively confines that I repaired, last evening.

After supping on a lager or two, thoughts turned to food, so I perused their varied menu. From it I chose the Philly steak and cheese sandwich, which came with chunky chips.

Steak sandwich

The helpful waitress soon appeared with dish, served neatly on a wooden chopping board. Other dishes, such as their noodles, are served in cartons. They’ve clearly spent time thinking about how to present these dishes and it shows, as they’re fun, quirky and practical.

The soft focaccia bun of my sandwich was good, but the contents weren’t up to much. The balance between filling and bread didn’t do it any favours, but even if this had been evened-up, I’m confident that it would have remained a fairly bland dish. This was a little disappointing, as the chunky chips were good, the little salad was fresh, and I liked what they were trying to do.

So overall, while I liked Treacle’s schtick, I’m not sure that their food really delivered, flavour-wise. A few little tweaks (a little more filling, a little less bun, a little tangier cheese) and I dare say they could have things working much better, but for now I’d say go for drinks, bask in the happy vibe of the place, but think about popping elsewhere for food.

Blythe scores Treacle:
3/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: Philly steak and cheese sandwich

I drank: lager

I wore: red and black patterned www.tieclub.co.uk tie

Total bill: £8.95 (not including the lager)

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Written by BKR