The warmest, calmest evening of the summer so far, where better to sit outside and eat in the evening, the Golden Galleon(or cuckmere inn as its now known).
We found a nicely situated table in the garden, it's about 7.15, ordered drinks at the bar, took them out and looked at our menus. Went back to the bar to order and on giving our table number, we are told that they finished serving outside from 6pm due to to staff shortages.
So we have driven 15 miles to eat in the garden here, there is no sign outside to say that meals have finished being served ( obviously, as no one would drive in!)
The manager was very firm on this rule and not interested in customer satisfaction. We should have finished our drinks and left, but stupidly decided to stay. The room we were put in was airless, with only one tiny window that can be opened. The new lighting was so hot on your head that you will probably get sunburnt.
The food was average. A jug of water we ordered never arrived, so that meant another queue at the bar. At 7.57pm, nearly 2 hours after outside serving has apparently finished, a table is served with some food. So on paying my bill I raised this with the manager, who said it was pudding and ordered much earlier. The person eating it used a knife and fork to eat it, Hmmmmm??
On paying I asked politely if there would be any compensation for a ruined evening and was told, No, just pay and leave please.
I'm keeping to independent pubs in this area in the future
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