We’ve lived in Dorset some twenty-five years now and often driven past this hotel / restaurant. It’s location on a bend of a fairly busy road by the river Stour has never inspired me to stop. In fact the buildings have something of an industrial look about them and frankly, the reputation under the previous ownership / management left something to be desired. So it was with a certain lack of enthusiasm I agreed to stop off for lunch with the good lady. We were met in the restaurant immediately by a very polite young lady and shown to our seats overlooking the outside veranda and to be honest, I couldn’t fault the service we experienced.. OK, so the venue may have seen better days and is in need of a refurbishment but we found it to be clean. We chose the Carvey and that was something of a mixed bag. The best tasting beef I have experienced for a long time (a choice of three meats) fresh and well cooked veg, only the (re-heated)?roast potatoes and soggy Yorkshire pudding let the meal down but at the price charged we really weren’t expecting much. (I agree with other comments,, the young chef behind the carvery counter could attempt a smile). What was very pleasant was the coffee on the veranda. This is right next to the Stour and beautiful to look out over, There is also a respectable a snack and la carte menu to be had. We will be back! A word of caution. Our visit was mid-week, apparently weekends a very busy, so booking advised.
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