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“Room for improvement”
Review of Branwells Mill Meadery - CLOSED

Branwells Mill Meadery
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Penzance, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Room for improvement”
Reviewed 31 December 2011

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!

  • Visited December 2011
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1 Thank Spartacus54
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English first
Penzance, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food - great atmosphere - friendly staff!”
Reviewed 6 September 2011

We have has several meals here and the food has always been very good - service quick and with very helpful staff. When we go as a family we have 3 small children under the age of 3 - the staff always do their best to put us on a convenient table.
The menu is good for meat eaters but they also have a specials board which caters very well for the 5 vegetarians in our family!
The salad bar is a little limited and i would prefer more choice but to be honest the food portions are very generous so you don't really need much else.
The meadery also caters for small eaters where you can have a smaller portion for children or if you don't eat that much or want to save yourself for the fabulous deserts!
Make sure you try the mead wines and they also do cornish beers and ciders which is much appreciated!!
The atmosphere is great and the children love the rigging and Pirate Pete!
Excellent restaurant with the emphasis being on family.
Thankyou for providing such a fantastic service and restaurant!

  • Visited July 2011
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2 Thank weemistler
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