The Mayfield’s logo bears the words “Pub, carvery, rooms” – but to me it seems the venue offers so much more than that.
The pub boasts a large bar, dining room, family room with indoor play area, function room, beer garden and car park to the rear.
There are posters everywhere publicising live music, special events, an all-you-can-eat breakfast and Christmas Day lunch (yes, already!)
We went early on a Saturday evening and the pub had a nice buzz about it, but there were still plenty of tables.
The Mayfield is known for its carvery, which I’ve sampled on a previous visit and really enjoyed – once I’d figured out how to fit the enormous Yorkshire pudding on my plate.
But on this visit we decided to choose from the menu, which is both extensive and good value.
The menu was traditional pub food, nothing off the wall or unexpected, but there was plenty to choose from.
We decided to forego starters with a view to saving room for dessert – our usual tactic.
The starters menu featured an array of sharing-type dishes which you can mix and match, such as breaded mushrooms, tempura fish goujons, crispy mozzarella sticks and chicken tikka skewers.
These are priced at £4.95 for one, £8.95 for two or £12.50 for three.
The mains menu had pub favourites such as fish and chips (£8.95), cottage pie (£7.25), steak and ale pie (£9.25) and chicken tikka masala (£8.95).
Also on offer are pasta dishes, burgers, salads and a grill section.
My mum went for scampi (£8.25) which came with skinny fries, tartare sauce and house salad. It was beautifully presented, with attention to detail and trendy touches such as a little enamel bucket for the fries.
My vegetable korma (£7.95) came with rice, naan bread, a poppadum and mango chutney.
The portion size on both was fairly generous and represented good value.
My curry had a gentle glow of spices rather than a strong kick, which was just right for a korma.
The scampi and chips were crisp and well cooked.
The food arrived promptly and we noticed during our visit that there were plenty of staff on, many of whom were young people and were very efficient and friendly.
The dessert menu still looked tempting, even after our filling main course, so we took the plunge and ordered a toffee crunch pie (£4) and an Eton mess sundae (£4.25).
Again, both were sizeable offerings and even though I have a sweet tooth, I struggled to finish the toffee pie.
It was lovely – a mixture of caramel, chocolate, honeycomb, toffee mouse, all topped off with a mini Dime bar – but it was big!
However, in the name of research I polished it off, and my mum did the same with her sundae, which was a naughty but nice mixture of vanilla and strawberry ice cream, berries, strawberry sauce, meringue and cream. It was melting a bit when it arrived, but it was a warm night.
We enjoyed our visit and would definitely return – maybe for a carvery ... and half a pudding. The meal came to £33.65 with two ciders.
Rating: 8 out of 10