Our group visited the Inn on a Saturday evening to celebrate the writers forthcoming 60th birthday. We arrived on time, and our welcome was efficient and friendly. Our drinks order was taken, and brought quickly, and we ordered from the menu. About 15 minutes later as our first drinks were nearly finished, we were shown to our table, and our starters were served. We were asked if we wanted wine with our meal (we didn't) but before we could say that we did want another round of drinks from the bar, the waiter disappeared. Two of us had starters, and these were excellent. When our main courses arrived, we asked the waitress for another round of drinks, which order was acknowledged, but sadly these were some 20 minutes in arriving. Three out of the four main courses ranged from good to excellent, but my own steak was medium as opposed to rare as requested, but the main issue was that it was extremely tough. It was the worst and most expensive steak I'd had for a long time. I did not bring this to the attention of the management at the time, partly as it was difficult to attract attention, and partly because I put it down to just bad luck. However, another diner was overheard to say that her steak was tough also. I resolved to email the resuarant later, just to point out the situation, however there is no email contact available on the website. We all had deserts, which were excellent.
We would probably have had four rounds of drinks if the staff had been on hand to summons to take our orders, but the service wasn't slick enough by some distance, so we only had two rounds, and left almost as thirsty as we arrived, and on the whole disappointed with the experience, and £150 lighter in pocket for the two couples.
Some of the food was exquisite, but there are lessons to be learned for the management from our experience. Our lesson is, sadly, that we will take some convincing before we visit again as average is not good enough for the amount expended, with fierce competition within 2 miles.
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