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“Very nice”
Review of Chestfield Barn

Chestfield Barn
Ranked #1 of 11 Restaurants in Chestfield
Price range: US$7 - US$24
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: The Chestfield Barn originated as part of the Chestfield Manor in the 14th Century, a possession of the half-brother of William the Conqueror, Odo, Bishop of Bayeaux. It is believed that the Manor dates back to as early as 1084, particularly as it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086. In the early part of the 20th Century the barn was converted in to a golf house by Abe Mitchell to service the 700 acre golf course constructed in 1924 by George Reeves. The 14th Century barn is now a pub restaurant offering a traditional and contemporary menu of freshly prepared dishes using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Reviewed 19 August 2014

My partner and I visited on a Saturday evening for a drink and a meal and everything was lovely. Nice local beer, food was good - a bit pricy but then thats what you pay for good food in a lovely environment in a place like Chestfield. I did notice the sign about kids that other people have mentioned, but being totally selfish about things and not being a parent too often is this sort of place blighted by screaming kids that ruin your evening - not a problem here - clearly to the disgust of the buggy brigade.

So the food is good, we didn't have a desert because we were too full after a starter and the lovely pork. Everything was served promptly by smiling, friendly enough staff. Will definitely be back again at some point.

The only thing I could have a moan about if I was being mean was the coke was a bit flat... But thats quiet common from those pump things - I don't remember seeing a bottled option but thats not really a big deal.

All in all absolutely fine... If your looking for a quiet meal then it fits the bill quiet nicely.

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1  Thank Brad2523
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foxtrotnoscar, Owner at Chestfield Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Hi Brad2325

Thank you for your feedback and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your evening at the Barn. We are delighted to hear that you experienced friendly & polite service, great food and all served by our happy smiling staff! We appreciate your comments regarding youngsters, well behaved children are always welcome and whilst we understand that some will become fractious we have to rely on the parents to keep the peace but this does not always happen. We have noted your observations on the coke and will have a look at this. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

i was served a very small fish and chips (cod was about 3-4", and about 12 chips!). I complained politely because £11 was a bit steep for the smallest cod i've ever seen and was told i could have another piece, great! I was then told 'chef says no' and changed his mind. I was offered something else, so i said that a discount would suffice, 'chef says no!'.
I wasn't offered an apology or a drink and made to feel like i was in the wrong.
Also, serving local beer at £4.10 a pint is daylight robbery.

11  Thank Pineapples
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

My husband and I visited this restaurant on a hot summers evening in late July. The restaurant and it's ambience are stunningly beautiful. The ancient barn has been restored impressively. There is a delightful garden Lilly pond populated with fish, and you can purchase food to feed them.
Idyllic surroundings.
The food did not disappoint us. It was served hot and the food was fresh. There was a well balanced use of herbs to savour the food. I had the fish platter and was treated to a stunning pot of dressed crab, prawns, cod, served with Parma ham and Mediterranean salad. What a mouthwatering treat. My husband had the slow cooked pork and was talking about it long after the meal was finished.
Our young waitress could not have been more helpful or pleasant. There were no long waits even on a very busy night. I have since read a number of negative reports of this restaurant, which did not match my experience. If I was the owner I would immediately double the wages of that young woman, who makes every customer feel special.
Thank you Chestfield for a lovely evening and great dining.

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2  Thank diiivav123
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foxtrotnoscar, Owner at Chestfield Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2014

Thank you so much! We are not pro-active in seeking reviews or requesting customers to review our facilities so when we receive comments like these it really makes our day! We hope you will come and visit us again when you are next in the area.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Arrived about 4 30 to avert friendly welcome staff very helpful and friendly have eaten here a few times and can honestly say that each time service had been prompt,friendly and the staff very helpful and friendly. Found the owners very knowledgable about the wine they were serving and quite willing to spend time explaining. Can say a very nice time had each time I have visited unlike some of the other local pubs

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6  Thank Simiril
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foxtrotnoscar, Owner at Chestfield Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2014

It’s great when one of our many contented and regular customers takes the time to leave a review such as yours. Very much appreciated. Thank you!

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Shockingly found this restaurant / pub totally disinterested in its clientelle. The landlord seemed only interested in perching on a bar stool and acting like a slob. He had no interest in what was going on around him. We have visited this place before and this time, to give the benefit of the doubt as it is our local village pub, found much the same as before. Food a bit over-priced and very lack-lustre, heavily swathed in butter and salt.

We ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio, which was okay at £15 a bottle, but when we asked for an additional glass of the same, at 10pm, we were told that they would be ringing the bell as we were probably not going to be ordering anything further and that they would be closing the pub! Not what you would expect to be hearing in a local village pub, has to be said. This next glass of wine we found to be a somewhat 'watered-down' version of what we had been drinking, unless of course it wasn't the same wine. When we enquired about why it was different to what we had been drinking, we were straightaway given our money back and told that we had been winging all night and that they weren't interested in what we had to say!! Would certainly not recommend if you actually care about where you spend your money and have any expectations of any service levels.

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17  Thank LWickings
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foxtrotnoscar, Owner at Chestfield Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2014

Oh dear, not a very accurate recollection of your visit. You seem to have rather conveniently omitted certain pertinent facts that put a rather different slant on your presence at our establishment.
On entering the premises, you and your companion purchased from the bar, after long and careful examination of our wine list, a bottle of Paree Sauvignon Blanc, our cheapest and most popular house wine with our many regular ladies. It was opened in front of you and served in a cooler with two wine glasses. Within two minutes, you had returned to the bar declaring that there was not sufficient alcohol content in the wine!! You stated that having read the label, you were not satisfied with the 11.5% alcohol volume and demanded to know if there was another label of Sauvignon Blanc. Having previously read the wine list, you already knew that we also stock Esk Valley a more expensive wine. You demanded this wine at the same price that you had already paid for the house wine. At this point, the off duty manager intervened; this is the man that you described as the landlord, an uninterested slob sitting on a bar stool (he was sitting at a table; there aren’t any stools at the bar). He approached the bar and explained to you that as there was nothing wrong with the wine (you hadn’t even tried it), that you could have any other wine in the same price range but that you certainly were not going to blag a good label at the price of house wine. You chose Mezzora Pinot Grigio (12.5% a.b.v. for the record) as an alternative and sat down.
You had been identified as a ‘disenchanted’ customer from the moment you entered the premises and you did not disappoint. As expected, having ordered Thai Chilli beef and Scampi and chips, you both cleared your plates you then told the waitress that the food service ‘sucked’ [quote] and that the beef tasted buttery; it isn’t cooked with butter. As she was the only one serving you all evening, the service comment was a direct insult. You told that poor girl to her face that SHE sucked.
You were advised when you approached the bar to order more wine that we would shortly be closing as you were the last two customers, the other gentlemen at the bar had finished their drinks and were preparing to leave. You purchased two more glasses of EXACTLY the SAME Pinot Grigio and then complained to the same waitress that the wine had been watered down. She offered to pour two more glasses from a new bottle in front of you but by now we had had enough of you belittling the staff to tolerate your attitude any further. You were refunded for the original glasses (you got your freebie) and yes, we rang the bell. The girl that served you was so distressed by your conduct that she had to be given a lift home.
Furthermore, another point you have failed to mention in your contemptible review is the nasty passive aggressive note you left scrawled on a soiled napkin. In the trade, we refer to this as trip advisor blackmail or Trolling (stating that we had failed our TripAdvisor test on every level – remember this now? We still have the offending article as evidence in case your memory has let you down) It is most unusual for trip advisor blackmailers to leave behind evidence of their attempt to use TripAdvisor as a threat in order to get food and drink for free. It is also very rare for someone to convert a covert slanderous comment into an overt libellous statement. The use of the word “watered-down” is libellous. The stock taker and the solicitors will have a field day.
Shame you have used what is supposed to be a travel review site, you are clearly not a traveller if you live down the road, to publish malicious and damaging remarks about one of the few surviving businesses in your village. Even more shameful is that this so-called review is a perfect illustration of how TripAdvisor fails to police and monitor its own systems and allows itself to be used as a weapon to blackmail innocent businesses. Apparently customers can publish personal and insulting comments, followed by slander and it’s all okay but if you are the business then it’s not. Double standards TripAdvisor. Sort it out.

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