Maybe Argyle has gone downhill, or maybe they had a bad day.
I tried the fish and chips and thought they were bland and below average. They looked a lot like the photo in Michael's review, but both the batter and the fish were surprisingly tasteless, and the crust was greasy. The chips were simply frozen french fries, cooked without love. There was a side of OK slaw.
I started with pierogies, the special appetizer of the day. This was a mistake. They were deep fried and not homemade, served with greasy/burnt deep fried onions, applesauce and sour cream.
The clootie pudding for dessert was another loser. As I've never had this before, I can't say whether or not this is the definitive version, but I was served stale ginger bread microwaved so that half was dried out, hard and too hot to eat, while the other half was still cold! The whole thing was covered in canned custard, some of which was hot, some cold.
"Beautiful fried fish emerges from the fry kettle at the head of the Argyle dining room. The "chips" on the side are regular French fries, ready to be spritzed with a little malt vinegar."
"Hard-boiled, wrapped in sausage, breaded and deep fried: Scotch eggs are a dish not found in too many American restaurants we know!"
"Sweet and spicy, sopped with custard, clootie dumpling is a sort of deconstructed bread pudding."