................but little change here, really. We arrived, as always, at midday and this was last Thursday on a lovely sunny day. We noticed plenty of seating and that changes had been made to the interior, regarding furnishings and some structural additions. We perused the menu which we know well anyway from visiting Vintage Inn back home in Kent.
We are rather fussy and would rather have cold fishy starter-like dishes but the menu was lacking. We also like our hot food to be hot and served on hot plates but this never happens at Vintage Inns, despited my complaints to head office.
We therefore tend to select the Fish Pie which at least at some stage goes under a grill to finish it off after its journey from the deep freeze. Unfortunately James Martin has now appended his name to the dish and modified it from its previous incarnation that was available last year or at least until the recent new menus were issued.
To our mind it has been downgraded, somewhat with respect to Fish content and an excess of crushed baby potatoes and it costs more to boot. And why aren't the Peas every hot or at least warm??
We did not experience any initial problems with service as we very rarely do visiting early at lunchtime. However, by the time we left after 90 minutes or so, the place was filling up and would therefore expect delays then for the new 'late' arrivals. We had to wait a bit longer for our desserts which were only an ice cream and frozen honey yogurt.
From our point of view and being people who don't like to eat late I think that we gain from better service almost everywhere we go. If people want to arrive late and in large-ish groups then a wait is inevitable.
We wish that Vintage Inns would discuss with Mr Martin about the quality of his Fish Pie, to which he has given his name.
In general it is the menus and the quality of food and its preparation and presention that lets Vintage Inns down, everywhere, not to mention the often terrible background music. (Not at the Golden Galleon however).
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