Myself and several members of my family got together in February to go out for a celebratory meal. I suggested the Dairyman's Daughter as I've been quite a few times before and have found the food to be lovely.
As this was a Saturday night I phoned in advance to check whether there was a live band on - nothing worse than trying to talk over a meal and being unable to hear each other due to a loud band playing! I was reassured that the band would not start until 8/9pm (cant remember which) and we planned our trip accordingly, getting there 2 hours before so that we'd have time to eat etc unaffected. Unforunately however, it seems the band arrive very early to set up. Almost immediately after we sat down, the members of the band began coming in and out of the restaurant through an outside door - leaving it open in between trips and generally being quite noisy bringing in the equipment (I suppose this cant be helped). The manager presumably had complaints as he came down to our end of the restaurant and asked that they close the door behind them each time, which they did, but nonetheless we got a nasty blast of cold weather every 30 seconds or so.
This continued through most of our meal, until they'd set up all their equipment. They then started doing some sort of soundcheck, which was loud and distracting. I appreciate that people enjoy live music and that the band needs to set up their equipment, but I feel somewhat misled on the phone - had I realised that all this would be going on, I would never have booked the meal or would have asked at least to be sitting at the other end of the establishment where we wouldn't have really been affected.
The food was very nice (and the service good), as usual, but unfortunately I felt the evening was somewhat ruined by the constant noise/cold/distraction right next to our table. Would be hesitant to book again for a weekend meal and would probably choose an alternative pub where no band is due to be playing.
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