I didn't go to eat the carpet, to see the view (launderette), for the table mats or cutlery - I went for the food and was soooo pleased I did - the food is just plain excellent.
You will NOT be disappointed - I absolutely promise you...., Just go there !!!
Please don't let ANY preconceptions sway you - go, eat and you be the judge, you will be writing gushing reviews yourself.
I have travelled extensively across the world and can truly speak from some 35 years experience, (no stupid politics or "good" revues, "bad" revues because of ulterior motives) -
Read any of my other reviews - I'm just an ordinary traveller, giving my own honest, personal opinion.
I read the bad review for this restaurant while I was sat in there - at first I thought it was a different restaurant in the review, but sure enough, the carpet is dark red, there is a mat inside the door, the decor is of a dated style, there is a launderette opposite (what a very stupid comment to make), the cutlery feels a little cheap, cork mats (yep) and the "waitress's" English is not perfect (actually neither is mine) - the bad review I saw didn't mention that the plates appear a bit worn - but, that's because so many people were trying to get every last ATOM of food off the plate.
I came here by pure chance, working on business in Newton Abbot, all local hotels full and ended up at the Royal Hotel just around the corner from this restaurant - I would never have found it in a million years if i was looking for myself.
I wandered the streets, saw the sign and just fancied the idea of French food.
I was drawn to the Venison on the menu.. but decided to go for the fixed price meal.
While waiting is when I read the "bad" revue on Tripadvisor- what have I let myself in for ?
Mozzarella cheese and tomato starter was not quite what I was expecting, different, but fine.
Pork loin as a main course,---- and it kicks in .... fixed price menu is a bargain !!!.
5 other diners when I was there and the washing up is so easy for them - clean plates.
Seriously, I have a problem,,, I have to come back for that venison or I will die dreaming of it.
Then a chat with, as I now know, the chef Ken and Becky, what thoroughly nice people.
I swear if you are in that part of the world, and don't eat there, you missed something worthwhile.
If this was even remotely local to me, I would visit as often as possible.
How many restaurants have you been to where, by the end of the first visit, you know the staff by name.?
I know I'm gushing a bit - but go there, THEN you will understand.
Ken, really, the chairs are fine, spend the money on the cutlery !!! :-) :-)
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