Despite my usual scathing reviews of chain pubs and bars, I actually quite like the Ha!Ha! Bar. This is a different class of chain pub, which is reflected in the slightly more expensive pricing. They do however, in true chain pub fashion, often have drinks deals and food offers. Look out for their cocktail offers especially – their Cosmopolitans are absolutely delicious.
I’ve eaten here several times and have got to say that the value for money you get varies dramatically. At around the £10 mark for their risottos and about £15 for a sirloin steak, I don’t think the portions are big enough for you to truly feel as though you’ve got your money’s worth. Saying that, their butternut squash, blue cheese & walnut risotto is rather delicious. The best time to go here to eat is when they have their £5 lunch menu on offer, although it’s far more limited than the normal menu, it does offer great value. Last time this offer was on, I had their chicken breast with serrano ham which is usually £10.45. I think if I’d have paid full price for it I’d have been distinctly unimpressed, but for a fiver it was perfectly decent.
Of an evening, this place gets pretty busy and has a nice atmosphere. In the summer months, their outdoor area next to the entrance to Pavilion Gardens is a great place to sit and sun yourself with a white wine spritzer.