We have been to this Meadery on several occasions. Unfortunately, on the latest occasion, we made the mistake of electing to split the bill and pay seperately for the food ordered. Suprisingly, paying in this way basically removes your entitlement to a waitress service - you are required to select and pay for your starter and main course before you are even seated (trying to order whilst standing in a queue, having no prior knowledge of exactly what is on the menu, whilst the person at the till is instilling a sense of urgency and even annoyance, is not a pleasant experience!).
Somewhat flustered at the pre-pay experience, we were then told that there would be a 45 minute wait for a table, or we could sit in the corner. Obviously, we elected for the corner table. Little did we know that there was an element of climbing involved in getting seated - the church pew style seats were pressed so close to the table that it was impossible to seat one's self in anything like an elegant fashion (it is a mystery how this particular table actually meets fire regulations!).
Once finally seated, the inevitable question of drinks arose. Of course, because our right to a waitress service had been forefitted, annoyingly, each time we wanted a drink, we had to walk through the restaurat to the bar, pay for it and bring it back to the table ourselves.
I would also note at this point that the salad bar is also self-service. However, this is standard at a Meadery-style restaurant.
The food was brought out fairly quickly (by a waitress!), and was of an acceptable standard. However, unless you want to eat like a savage (which does actually add to the Meadery experience for some people), knives and forks have to be requested, or collected from the salad bar (yes, you've guessed it) self-service style.
When we had finished, the table was cleared quickly. We were asked if we wanted desserts, only to be promptly informed that if we did, we had to get up and order and pay for them at the till (although, the dessert we did order was, again, brought out by a waitress).
During the evening, due to the struggle to get seated in the tightly cramped conditions, I thought it would be a good idea to make note of the seating levels in the rest of the restaurant. Annoyingly, during the whole evening, at least half the restaurant was empty, with several of these empty tables capable of accommodating our party without the need for climbing into place.
In summary, this is the place to go if you want an averagely-priced meal, which is never going to win any Michelin stars, but with a good atmosphere and a setting which is a bit different. And, of course, unless you want to do the majority of the waiting staff's work for them, and want the luxury of selecting your meal at the table with sufficient time to adequately review the menu in a non-pressured environment, do not pay seperately!
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