Whenever the sun is out and if feel we can spare the funds to eat out for Sunday dinner I like to go and sit and eat by the river. Our last two visits to The Globe have been a disappointment but I quite like its direct canalside location so we decided to give it another try. We thought things were looking up when we noticed the new tables at the front of the building. Sadly though, where these used to be just 'non smoking', there is no stipulation either way now. When we enquired with a member of staff he said 'yes you can smoke anywhere'. Unfortunately the smell of smoke literally makes me nauseous, so that was a worry for me and made me a bit unsettled. Although the pub is quaint, it needs a facelift in some areas ie paint peeling off the walls, broken toilets that sort of thing.
When my Fiance ordered he was informed that there was a 'bit of a delay' on the food so we were expecting to wait, which was fine. After an hour my 14 year old Son and myself were beginning to feel a bit 'past it', and so my Fiance said he would find out how long it would be for the food so we could weigh up as to whether to stay or go elsewhere. He was informed it would be another '6 minutes'. The food arrived fairly soon after but not within 6 or even 10 minutes. Both my Fiance and I had the Pork Roast. The vegetables were soggy in the middle and dry on the outside = microwaved. The 'roast' Potatoes were the same. The pork is no doubt some sort of 'boil in the bag', you know, just a little too perfectly sliced and shiny to be off the bone, and the meagre portion of stuffing (a teaspoon) was Paxo or similar.
We were all so hungry, we ate our food. Sounds daft but I also believed that it was a lot more than many people get to eat on a Sunday so you have to be grateful. But when our plates were collected and we were asked 'how was everything' I couldnt help but be totally honest and say 'Shocking' and give an honest critique of the food. The waitress said she would tell the kitchen but that 'sadly it never seems to make much difference'.
I love cooking. I love good food. I love good honest earthy English pubs. Sadly this pub, which is still fairly true to its roots and thankfully hasnt been turned into a 'Bistro pub' is being run into the ground by a lack of efficient staff in the kitchen, poor head management and front of house staff who are demotivated and very openly frustrated by Greene Kings and the current supposedly 'on hand' managements, lack of being present and effective.
Go along if you want but my advice is go to the Grove Lock on the road to Horton, Leighton Buzzard where the atmosphere is always buzzing, the food is ALWAYS VERY good, and the Lady Manager is nearly always there but if not, her staff are efficient and attentive even when they are very busy - That is what we will do from now on.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.