The Bees is a regular Good Beer Guide entry and is famed for the quality of its Timothy Taylor Landlord. There are usually two guest beers though, on our visit, there was just Adnams Lighthouse. The public bar here is one of the area's great pub rooms, oozing atmosphere especially when the open fire is roaring – so it felt odd to be going into the long, split-level lounge on the other side of the bar. In these times when contemporary design rules in many dining areas, it was also rather refreshing to experience such unashamedly old-fashioned décor – patterned carpet, two by four mock timbering, dinky lightshades etc – a real throwback to the 1980s.

Glasses charged with Landlord, we studied the special offer menu which had a pretty good choice for the price (£10 for two courses, £13 for three) – five starters, six mains and four sweets.

For starter I went for the “Soup of the Moment”, which was Spanish Onion and Stilton (presumably a minute or so later it would have changed to something else) while Jane chose Prawn Cocktail, which very much fitted with the décor. Both would normally have been £4.50. My soup came with a warm brown roll and was entirely pleasant – not powerfully flavoured but the onion and stilton tastes poked through. Jane's cocktail glass came liberally stuffed with prawns, leaving little room for salad (she wasn't complaining) and with a suitably piquant sauce. She pronounced it a fine example of the genre.

The Bees has a reputation for its Fish and Chips (and you can also obtain them on a take-away basis) so I felt obliged to try this, though, like Jane, I'd otherwise have gone for the Liver and Bacon (both dishes are usually £8.95). I received a good sized chunk of juicy haddock in a light batter, which personally I prefer to the heavy duty stuff you get in most chippies. The home made chips were chunky and flavoursome while peas were garden (being a Northerner I'm a mushy man myself but you can't expect such delights down here). Good stuff though Harry Ramsden remains my benchmark.

Jane's dish was most attractively presented with four big pieces of liver in a sea of onion gravy round an island of mashed potatoes and peas, plus crispy bacon croutons. It tasted delicious though the liver was perhaps a little over-cooked so it didn't melt in the mouth like it sometimes can.

Overall we felt this to be a fine example of honest-to-goodness pub nosh and the offer made it superb value. Please note that evening meals are served Wednesday to Saturday only.

Oh yes, and the pub really does have bees in one of its walls.