Recommended by Staff on a previous visit to try the Fruit de Mer at £80 for two sharing, we and our friends were looking forward to an impressive dish.
Unfortunately, what had started as a variety of quality ingredients had suffered badly at amateur hands on the planchette, then arrived at the table as an unattractive pile of blackened seafood. It 'arrived' because the waiter seemed to realise only on presentation that there was no room on the table, until we cleared room which had to encroach on our other diners, as our table was too small.
Around the pile were oysters, a prawn salad, some smoked salmon thrown randomly on top - all now cooking on the hot ingredients. Nothing else arrived until we asked for help with perhaps a side table "course you can" then pliers "course you can' then mayonnaise "course you can' then plates, tabasco, and a receptacle for the shells etc. all available on request, but nothing offered or brought to the table prior to the dish or without asking, even plates.
Our disappointment wasn't limited to the seafood. My wife chose the lamb which was very overdone. Just how Grannie likes it!
Poor cooking, poor presentation, and poor service from friendly but untrained staff. What a waste of great ingredients.
This pub needs a chef and someone managing front of house, both of which were obviously absent last night.
We had planned a pleasant evening with friends, and made the most of it. Certainly didn't want to add to our disappointment by taking this up on the evening, but also formed an opinion this was as good as we'd get, as it was probably (hopefully) the owners night off.
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