The Gatehouse has had it's ups and downs over the years. In late 2007, when Boutique took over, it was a huge step change in quality. It went from being a tired old council cafe into a wonderful environment with quality food and great beverages. It grew better and better over the next years, opening early for weekend breakfasts which were unbeatable and lunchtimes feature a steady popular menu with fantastic 'interesting' specials. Wonderful stews, curries, Fish dishes, pies, ploughmans etc.
Sadly, through 2010 I noticed the menu become smaller, specials are rare and the quality has really slipped. A few times I have ordered Sunday Lunches and the meat has been fatty and thin. Fishcakes have a high potato content and the salad portions with meals are laughable. The childrens menu is also a shadow of it's former self.
The staff are wonderful, but it would be great to see Boutique ramp the quality up to the levels of when they started. It's not impossible as we often visit the City Museum and Boutique are doing a great job there.
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