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“A most friendly hostelry”
Review of The Sloop Inn

The Sloop Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Porthgain
Price range: US$7 - US$43
Cuisines: Seafood, Grill
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We've had several visits to this pub and enjoyed them all. A most pleasant atmosphere, good food and well looked after draught beer. Recommended.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank MichaelH5556
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

Set in the beautiful yet functional small fishing port and village of Porthgain this is a surprisingly modern but suitably decorated pub with a good quality and varied menu at realistic prices ( unlike some of the other public houses in the area ). Th4 4 dogs sat quietly in the shade of the steps with a bowl of water while we ate lunch which included crab sandwich a Waldorf salad, ham and eggs and chips all really nicely cooked and washed down with one from a very large selection of ales and lagers. Following this a bracing walk along the Pembrokeshire coastal path over to Trefin and back. All in all a very good pub, and while the only one in this location, definitely not one to be missed.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Thank Graham W
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Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Seven of us had a superb meal there! Very reasonably priced & having eaten in many restaurants all over Europe & Dubai, I would strongly recommend for value for money. Fish pie was absolutely superb. Paid treble the price in other places but this was a real gem!!
Neal & family

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank NealfromDevon
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Reviewed 25 September 2018

My husband and I went for lunch at the Sloop 4 days ago after last going there about 5 years ago whilst house hunting in Wales. We remembered the lunch we had then as being really super, and were really looking forward to coming back for another treat when next in the area. I have deliberately waited 4 days to mill over what to say in a fair manner, rather than launch immediately into a ’knee jerk’ reaction. However, I remain at exactly the same conclusion that we both expressed at the table at the time. Absolutely disgusting without a single redeeming feature.
I remember our meal 5 years ago as the equivalent at the time of the Seafood Platter. It was fresh and delicious. We both ordered the Seafood Platter.
The whitebait was pretty standard, but overcooked and dry. It looked very much like it had been bought in ready made and fried up to heat through. Whitebait is usually lightened up with a nicely flavoured mayo dip or similar. Well , there was a token couple of teaspoons of mayo from a jar slopped into a little dish which had almost certainly been re–used without washing. The sides and edges of the dish were smeared with slop.
Similarly, the Mackerel pate was in a very mucky dish and had clearly been forced down into the dish with the back of a spoon. It needed to be as it was solid and looked like something you’d scrape into your kitchen bin. It had an extremely worrying flavour which I just couldn’t identify. I pride myself on being a pretty good cook, and regularly make Mackerel and other pates. They are light, fluffy and moussey. Usually enhanced with a suitable flavouring of horseradish or cayenne. God knows what this muck tasted of.
The advertised ‘salt and pepper squid ‘ failed to make an appearance at all. Instead there was something else unidentifiable on the plate. Lumps of something deep fried, and again looking like it had been bought in and heated through. Now, if I had ordered steak, there is no way they would serve me lamb chops without expecting a very negative reaction. So, why did they think it was OK to serve up ‘something ‘ instead of the squid without advising me first? Whatever it was tasted pretty gross, and I eventually picked a lump up and pulled it apart. The stuff inside was completely raw and translucent. Disgusting. The piece in my mouth was rapidly spat out onto the plate.
There were 3 small slice of standard smoked salmon. The first 2 were OK. The third was chewy and stringy, full of sinews that stuck in your mouth. That also was spat out. What’s left? The bread. A slice of thick brown bread cut in two triangles. Totally stale and solid. I ripped it up so that, at least, it wouldn’t be transferred to someone else’s plate. Oh, and the ‘salad Garnish ‘, wasn’t fit to garnish anything except a compost bin. Limp, sad, tatty pinch of very shredded lettuce with a pinch of equally limp grated carrot on it.
We both ‘finished ‘ our meal leaving the plate pretty full. £18.50 for this muck. It wasn’t worth 18 pence.
The young waiter came to clear and asked the standard scripted question “everything OK? “. We both said very clearly “no, absolutely disgusting”. There was no reaction at all, he didn’t even make eye contact. Just picked up the full plates and walked off. From his accent, he was clearly an EU worker, so maybe he didn’t understand what we said. Or, more likely, didn’t give a damn. If I was a young person doing a menial job in a foreign country to earn a bit of money, I doubt if I would care less either.
How very, very sad, that a place we remembered with such pleasure has allowed itself to sink to such a level. Particularly as there is now another restaurant nearby which wasn’t there before. We haven’t tried it, so can’t comment. It may be just as bad. But, you’d think people would be trying to up their game in light of competition. I wouldn’t eat at the Sloop again if it was the last restaurant on the planet.

Date of visit: September 2018
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9  Thank caroleinwales
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Reviewed 23 September 2018

My husband treated me to lunch here back in July, it was very busy and also very warm. We had a lovely lunch and it was also enjoyable as you weren't constantly harrassed by staff. Only thing it was quite pricey, however we would return.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Thank Laurajc99
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