I had been her before with a very disappointing experience but went to try it after it has reopened following some storm damage - it is on a beach!
Lunch on Friday last week. On a glorious sunny day, at 1 pm there were only 2 people dining - says it all really! The entrance is small lobby and the stairway to the first floor is a domestic type straight run of steps with small blue lights fitted. Not at all impressive and certainly not impressive enough to prepare for the prices in the restaurant. The bar top was covered in glasses, food etc - obviously left over from some when but looked a mess and far from inspiring. I asked for a glass of water as I had walked along the beach.
We were shown to a table and menus were presented - list of food on left and a la carte on right. I asked the only person serving what the menu on the left was and was told it was "fixed price" menu. There were not any prices so I asked him how much it was. He did not know and went to find out. He came back and said it was £15 for 2 courses and £20 for 3. £5 for a starter or dessert is rather heavy in what is still really only a smarted up beach café. The nearby magnificent Chewton Glen 5 start hotel charges £25 for 3 courses! It then transpired that there was a lunch menu which had not been offered previously. We both ordered fish and chips at £8 each and I asked if I could now have the glass of water which I ordered when I entered. The fish was delicious, chips half cooked.
We ordered desserts at £5 each. I ordered summer pudding and was served profiteroles which were corrected.
The service was slow - particularly as there were only 2 other people there. Some more diners did come in for snack lunches. Used glasses and empty water bottles were not removed form our table.
The ground floor is still not open after the storm on 14 February but the glass fronting the balcony has still not been replaced which looks dreadful.
This is still a very disappointing place to eat.
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