My girlfriend and I visited here last Sunday for a casual lunch following a lovely walk in the local area. After being recommended the pub by a friend and reading the reviews we were really excited about our lunch at The Catherine Wheel. Well what can I say, the excitement was very short lived.
Upon arriving we were shown to the atmosphere less restaurant, by the pleasant but very quiet staff, which is very cheaply decorated and somewhat ‘tacky’.
The menu was less than inspiring however following our recommendation we persevered thinking they must to do the classics extremely well. Unfortunately they didn’t!
My sausage (supposedly local), mash, onion gravy and seasonal vegetables albeit it served hot was incredibly basic and poorly presented. Thrown onto the plate it resembled a large portion of something from a children’s menu. The two sausages (seems mean for the price) were deep fried which is not what you would expect, the onion gravy I suspect was from a packet as not an onion in sight and the seasonal vegetables were carrots and peas which is hardly inspiring.
My girlfriend’s nut roast was not any better served with a very basic accompaniment of vegetables again presented without much care. Although again all the elements were hot nothing had any flavour, the roast potatoes were very dry, the cheese gravy was served in the smallest jug imaginable and was so thick it could not be described as a gravy or sauce but rather a gloop. None of the usual condiments were offered to accompany or help ‘moisten’ the dish.
Both meals seemed very expensive and I don’t think the chef has ever heard of seasoning.
The staff were polite but seemed very inexperienced, inattentive and dreamy constantly going round cleaning/spraying the tables while people are eating.
This place felt more like a harvester/weather spoon than a local country pub.
Overall our experience was underwhelming, unfortunate and disappointing considering the reviews. I am not sure if the large sign outside advertising for staff (of all varieties) is a clue to the pub’s current failings and it has perhaps experienced a recent change of hands but we certainly will not be returning to find out.
The Cotswolds is full of lots of really good local pubs serving good quality so it’s a shame this place can’t do the same.
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