After watching the film Revolution with a friend last night we wanted to go to place to have a drink and something to eat and we ended up at the Four Mile House. I was not impressed but at the same time nothing was really wrong.
Even though it is not all that far from where I live, the last time I went here was in 2005, in eight years a lot can change though I have to admit nothing much has resonated in my mind from that lunch. The setting is nice enough, certainly it has more character than anything else within several kilometers of there. The staff were friendly and attentive.
I had one of the items from the fresh sheet, the pork chipotle burger - ground pork patty, avocado jalapenos, and cheese. As a burger goes, the bun was not up to the task of fillings and fell apart, I had to eat it with a knife and fork. The pork patty was underwhelming and the avocado was not seasoned which meant that the heat of the jalapeno overwhelmed everything else.
I had ordered onion rings but they brought me fries, they corrected their error and did not charge for the fries. The fries were much better than the onion rings. The onion rings looked like they were frozen ones and not made on site whereas the fries could have been made on site though I am not certain.
Overall the menu has no real sense of what it is about. Pulled pork, pizza, fish and chips, calamari, and Thai green curry are all on the menu. This is not pub food and it is clearly not up scale enough to be gastropub. The number of items on the menu are too many for the scale of business they do. With more than 30 main course items there are likely many things that are not sold every day. It worries me about any restaurant that has so many items available that realistically many of them will not be ordered every day. You can not make a Thai green curry to order unless you have prepped the sauce ahead of time but if you only sell a few dishes of it a week can you really be making the sauce from scratch everyday? Very unlikely.
Could I do better at home? Yes. Will I go back? For the food unlikely, but I may go back for a beer.