We were staying at nearby Pitt Farm and so decided to stop in for dinner at the Fortescue Arms following a day out. When we entered, we were told that they only serve pizzas on a Monday because it's the chef's day off and that they didn't serve for another half an hour. However, the barman (whom I assume was also the proprietor) said that he could try to prepare things quicker if we wanted to wait.
We decided to take the chance and wait. Good decision. The man at the bar continued to be extremely helpful. Seeing that we were trying to sort our two year old out, he made the effort to come over and take our drinks order and then brought everything over so that we could just focus on our child. This might sound like a really small and simple thing but, in my experience, this sort of considerate service is not necessarily the norm in other establishments! Major bonus point in my book.
Our order was taken a good twenty minutes before the opening time, so it was nice that the effort was made to keep our custom. As we waited, we were also pointed in the direction of games and toys provided for little ones. Again, it sounds little but this kept out son occupied - he loved playing with the Connect 4! The food was then brought to us pretty quickly to be fair and I have to say that we all enjoyed our pizza.
All in all, a very positive experience really.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostelry dates back to the the 19th the century and is named after the local landowner and to this day still retains the charms of yesteryear with wooden tables, flagstone floors, beamed ceilings and comfortable seating, whilst offering the modern amenities that weary travellers expect. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Fortescue Arms East Allington, Devon