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“Mother's Day”
Review of The Stables - CLOSED

The Stables
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: The restaurant is part of the elegant Saughton Hall complex ...a popular wedding venu
Reviewed 17 March 2015

we booked for 12 noon and it was quiet ,starters and service very good.We all had the carvery ,hot and plentiful,the beef was not cooked enough for me as it was dripping with blood.Sweets were very nice,I think we were lucky going early as I was told later in the day was chaos .We would try it again for Sunday lunch as it was good value but we would dine early

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1  Thank Christine D
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Reviewed 22 February 2015

A friend and I visited the stables for Sunday lunch 15th Feb as she had a voucher as a Christmas gift. We had to go upstairs as downstairs was not in use and as my friend is 79 this was not very good.We had the carvery and the starters were very good. The carvery itself was not hot,the roasters were dry and the yorkshires very hard. This weeken we had a Sunday lunch at the White Lion Buckley and it was excellent as usual very hot fresh and tasty. Will not visit the Stables again.

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1  Thank Jayne19582013
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Reviewed 5 October 2014

Our family visited The Stables today for my wife's Birthday with family and friends It has been sometime since we have been to The Stables and although the impressive drive to the restaurant remains, the food quality was not as we had previously experienced.The pianist was excellent (George Croilala) and would recommend him as he was very talented and chatted to customers and indeed the staff waiting on were excellent but the food quality was disappointing

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3  Thank 980jam
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Reviewed 20 September 2014

Me and my family visited the stables for our mother's birthday in September 2014. We visited on a Sunday for a roast dinner. The meal was cold but was nice to eat. When going to the gentleman's toilets there was no toilet roll and upon asking staff he handed me a new roll to walk back into the toilet with which I thought was bad service. Other than that a splendid visit.

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Reviewed 6 September 2014

I've been to the Stables many times since it opened a couple of decades ago. The setting is quite magnificent as you drive about quarter of a mile through an avenue of ancient lime trees right up to the imposing Soughton Hall Hotel, built some 200 -300 years ago as a bishop's palace and grand enough to play host to the then King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain in happier times.
The hotel is a popular place for weddings amongst the very wealthy or those prepared a maybe to remortgage their homes!
The Stables is a beautifully restored 2 storey stable block where the bishops of yore housed their immaculate steeds. The heavy old oak door into the restaurant could easily have come from some ancient Welsh castle and inside, the bar is set within the original stalls, and lit by suspended iron wheels that look quite medieval. There are a variety of interesting old farm tables and chairs and an attractive fire place in the corner. When if first opened you mainly ate upstairs except for bar snacks, and there is still an impressive wine store there. The restaurant upstairs is delightful. Each table is named after a race course, and there is a lovely wood floor, huge ancient and original beams with the original bag hoist to bring up the grain to be stored in the loft for the horses etc. The views from the window are very pretty and bucolic, and there used to be a wonderful carvery of freshly roast joints on Sundays when the owners' son, Simon, was the chef and knew how to run a good eatery. Sadly the setting is the same but that's where it ends. We went for lunch with a friend midweek and we were the only customers. The lunch menu was very limited and we got the impression they were so shocked to have customers they didn't know where to start. There wasn't enough bread and the warm Brie and walnut salad had only half of the ingredients listed and they weren't even available in the kitchen when the waitress went to check. My friends hot lunch was cold and although it was raining and chilly, there was no fire in the grate. The plus side was the very friendly and chatty waitress who had obviously been there years and did her best to get the so called chefs to perform and produce something that was vaguely recognisable from the menu we ordered from. She made what would have been a dismal visit, as pleasant as she could and she's obviously wasted there. The price was over the top for what we'd had which was minimal by any standard, and we had to have some more lunch at home( and we aren't big eaters). This was our first visit in about 5 years as we knew the standard had gone right down, but thought we'd give it another chance. Despite my comments on the lunch, the dinners may be better and it's still,worth a visit just to see the beauty and charm of the buildings and setting. All we need is for Simon, the son, to come back and restore the food to its original glory to match the setting. Even though we were the only customers, the setting itself has it's own quite special atmosphere .

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1  Thank Sheherezade2014
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