Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Third time not a charm at Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille in New London

Upon returning from a trip to Saratoga Springs, New York, we were trying to decide where to have dinner. Having already passed the West Lebanon/Hanover area on I89 and getting closer to Concord, my wife wanted something different than our regular capital region haunts. We neared New London and she said "Let's drive around and see what we can find". Getting closer to the end of the downtown road there was one place that we had been to before and as luck would have it or not we ended up there again, the Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille. Not having been overly impressed on previous visits we decided that our hunger was going to win out this time. As we entered the restaurant, I wondered if the third time would be the charm?

It was a rainy evening but the weather didn’t keep people away as the parking lot was full. Upon entering we were quickly seated at one of their tables in the dining room next to large windows. Looking out behind the building through the droplets of rain I could see the tall plants with hops that were growing for their microbrewery and enhanced a beautiful view of the mountains and trees. This seemed to fit perfectly with the old style feel of the restaurant.

Since we had already eaten lunch earlier in the day we were not overly hungry and were ready for something but what? We skipped the appetizers and went straight to the entrees which included beef, pork, seafood and pasta dishes along with a few weird ones. The BBQ Bacon Meatloaf Caught my eye, it had beefalo which for those wondering is a cross between domestic cattle and a buffalo. Something new to try I thought. How bad could it be with bacon and sausage?

This was not my favorite as it was dry and luke warm. Thankfully our waitress took care of this quickly but I don't think I'll be ordering beefalo again and will probably stick with regular beef in the future. It did taste better when I dunked it in the cider BBQ sauce which was served on the side. The garlic mashed and green beans were the evening’s accompaniment.

Preceding the entrees our waitress brought over some of their bread that I think was either rosemary or dill and this we didn't touch at all. I'm sure there are some of you that would love this but they may want to have more than one bread option available in the future.

My wife’s selection was the terrayaki steak.

The flavor of the meat was good but it was a cheaper cut so it wasn’t the most tender. She also found the mashed potatoes to be bland and she quickly added butter & salt to give them more flavor.

Perhaps we would have enjoyed our experience more if the floor wasn't covered with the remnance of other diners. Everywhere you looked in the dining room, all you could see was dropped food, napkins, etc. I understand that it’s hard to do if the place was non-stop busy but the rush was over during the time we were eating. At one point the manager came into the room, looked around and walked out! Seriously, how could she have not seen the mess?! This issue would have been remedied with a swipe of a vacuum.

Unfortunately it looks like the third time was not a charm for us at The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille and there will probably not be fourth trip. We are basing this mostly on the food that was okay at best. As we were leaving, there was a group of waitresses and hosts at the reception area and they were just hanging around chatting. We received no thank you as we left the restaurant and this is a must do to the owners for every customer that leaves the Goose Pub in the future.
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