Mrs The Millbrooker, though, thought her steak and ale pie rather average, with underwhelming pastry.
The saving grace of the whole evening came as the daylight began to fail and my eyesight made life difficult for me. Mrs The Millbrooker asked if some lights could be turned on or up, but due to some technical difficulties (no bulbs in the fittings) this proved impossible. The resourceful manager, Rachel, disappeared momentarily and returned with a standard lamp (where from? No idea; could even have been from her own manager's flat for all I know). She went out of her way to make my experience as pleasurable as possible; for that reason and that alone, I'd go back and see if their teething problems in other areas can be ironed out.
Pudding was a step too far; not because the puds were particularly deficient in any way (in fact, my home made Bailey's cheesecake was quite yummy)......only because I ate far too much. I really do need to learn to stop pigging quite so copiously. I'm not as young as I was - the old innards don't cope like they used to.
So, there you go. That's The Crown at Bathford - should you find yourself in the area I can recommend the sirloin in port and the Bailey's cheesecake. They keep a decent pint of Bath Gem as well. Just don't order the nachos and be aware that the new management is on a learning curve. Once they've sussed that attention to detail matters (don't let the bar get cold, get the vegetable/salad orders right first time), it'll be a vastly improved place to eat.