Ruby is the sort of place you can take anyone and everyone. This is a tiny Italian spot with a big following, which means that you need to be a bit savvy about when to go. We find anytime after 1:30pm is best - but before 3:00pm, as they’re only open for lunch. Fresh soup is made daily alongside ciabatta sandwiches, salads and changing pastas: the crab and leek is a favourite of ours. Aside from the homely food, the owner and cooks are as friendly as they come and there’s more than a chance of a bit backslapping and questionable wisecracks. The prices are honest whilst the portions are hefty but remember to bear in mind this place is a daytime and weekday only thing, so don’t turn up on a Friday night.
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