Nothing is quite right at Scruffy’s, and the owners wouldn’t have it any other way. Since coming under new ownership the restaurant has changed its décor yet its ambience remains. Its warm colours have been replaced with a modern white veneer, channelling the air of an art gallery rather than a restaurant. The seating is jumbled and mixed, traditional wooden tables and modern Swedish numbers are adjoined with ‘70s-esque chairs which look dusted off from the jumble sale.
However, although Scruffy’s may have left its humble image behind in favour of a more chic verve, it still provides a similar offering of simple wholesome dishes perfected to a more-ish standard. The menu caters for all tastes with a distinctly Italian flavour of pizzas, pastas and steaks, each with subtle variations on the classics such as the mustard pesto linguine. The chicken I tasted both in the starter and main was sumptuously cooked with the juicy texture complementing the perfectly balanced sauces.
Let’s not get carried away though, the food is very good but not ground breaking. But, if you’re looking for a decent meal in a relaxed atmosphere then this is the place. The staff are friendly and there is a pride in ownership which comes across in the warm and sincere service. This place provides an intimate experience, and the food is washed down well with a glass of vino from a wine list equal to the menu.