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“Disappointing” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of New Farm Restaurant

New Farm Restaurant
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Price range: US$17 - US$50
Cuisines: British, International
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: A visit to New Farm Restaurant, situated in the picture postcard village of Over Stratton in Somerset, is sure to enchant you. Proprietors, Jane and Crispin Bond, have tastefully converted this lovely Hamstone building, originally a working farm run by Jane's family since the late 1880's, into a delightful restaurant with rooms. Located just off the A303 and within easy reach of both Yeovil and Taunton the New Farm Restaurant is an ideal place to stay for business users and visitors to Somerset alike. All rooms are ensuite and have tea & coffee making facilities and flat screen TV. A unique, relaxing ambience has been created in the restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal crafted by Jane using local produce and suppliers. Husband Crispin ably assists and sister Sue is there to meet and greet you and ensure that your stay at the New Farm Restaurant, whether for accommodation, a meal, meeting or private celebration is both enjoyable and memorable.
Taunton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

We were revisiting this restaurant, after quite a few years due to moving away. The welcome was friendly as we remembered and as it was the first Saturday after New Year the decorations were lovely, although 'Merry Christmas' By Slade being played twice during dinner was a little odd.
We are disappointed with our meal and felt it wasn't anything to write home about. The soup was very under seasoned, the coddled egg was... not cooked properly.
The main course was very poor. The rack of lamb was cold and although asked to be served pink, was actually 'cooked, and the duck, although perfectly cooked was missing vegetables. In fact, it lacked anything on the plate other than sliced duck breast and an orange. We were told 'vegetables wont be long'... Hmmmm to me, that means they have forgotten to cook them, as the rest of the mains didn't require them. So as I waited, and the other guests started, I actually had to eat half the duck or it would have been very cold. Asking a second waitress where the veggies were, we were told they were 'coming'.
When they did arrive, it was a dish of about 8 halved green beans.... and a pile of mixed veg in a cheese sauce. Not exactly the veg I would have expected with duck breast.
Such a shame.
For the price, we were disappointed.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 1961nicola
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Crispin_Bond, Owner at New Farm Restaurant, responded to this review, 15 January 2014
I am sorry your recent visit was disappointing, we aim for a high level of service and cuisine but in this case it appears our usual standards have fallen by the wayside, for which I apologise. We take all feedback seriously and your comments allow us to focus on those points that need to be remedied. So whilst it may seem strange, I thank you for your comments and hope that you can forgive us this lapse in the knowledge that you have helped us to maintain our reputation for future visits.
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ilminster
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014 via mobile

Went to the Spanish evening last night and as usual had a really great evening. The food is consistently good and the service always friendly and welcoming. Will be back again soon.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rovingspringfielder
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Crispin_Bond, Owner at New Farm Restaurant, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
I'm glad you enjoyed your meal at our Gourmet Traveller night, we look forwrd to seeing you in 2014
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somerset
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135 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Delicious, well presented local food cooked to perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

We enjoyed a delicious three course meal here last night. Every single part of the meal was beautifully cooked and presented. Jane has the seasoning just right- everything is super tasty but not over salted (unlike so many restaurants).
Warm and friendly staff, cosy woodburner and soft lighting make this place perfect to kick back and unwind.
The menu was varied and I could easily have eaten anything on it!
We've been visiting for many years and will continue to do so for many more.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank holidayqueenSomerset
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Hidden gem ..doesn't do it credit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013 via mobile

When to this most excellent restaurant, while on the was to Torquay, went for the light lunch option I had sausages and mash with a brilliant onion gravey. They served small free bread rolls which were the best rolls I've ever had. My wife ham bacon eggs and chips, clearing her plate. So 5 stars aren't enough. Great food , great staff .. shame it 50 miles from Bristol
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Thank ID23
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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Lovely family run restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

We joined the German evening and the whole meal was really super. Crispin, Sue and Jane are always such lovely and friendly hosts. This was a great way to spend a mid week evening and the food was delicious. We have been eating here for 20 years and always enjoy the delightful atmosphere and great food using local suppliers. Always consistently delicious food and some great wines too. Congratulations for such a charming friendly restaurant with great food.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mischa58
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