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“Incredibly Disappointing”
Review of Catherine Wheel

Catherine Wheel
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Bibury
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Incredibly Disappointing”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

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.

  • Visited August 2014
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3 Thank foodie-from-cornwall
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great lunch and friendly staff”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

Visited 30th July for lunch before going to the Trout Farm. Ample parking (a big plus in Bibury!) and the pub is in a nice setting. We all had sandwiches off the lunch menu - all equally delicious and served v promptly. Staff were friendly and efficient. We sat in the bar area which was v comfortable - the restaurant was already fully booked when we arrived at midday which says it all really! Well worth a visit.

Thank KateClax
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fantastic Food”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

A very nice pub where we attended a pre-wedding party. Food was served quickly and tasted great! The chips went down a treat with my 11 month old son who loves to feed himself.

The night got even better when a Welsh Male Choir descended on the pub and began singing for the soon to be wed couple.

Visited July 2014
Thank Matthew S
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Early Evening Dining in Bibury”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

A place we have often driven passed for the only reason it usually has a car park that is completely full. we booked a Monday Night around 7 for 4, we were late arriving, the staff did not mind at all. this visit being Monday, was much quieter yet the atmosphere with Amy and the Manager along with several other guests was just what we wanted. A nice menu, Typical Bar Meals, two courses were had along with drinks was very reasonable. There is a nice garden area with plenty of space and tables. The food and the cost of each course was excellent, service was very good, we left, reasonably early at 10 and had enjoyed a visit to Bibury and finally a meal at the Catherine Wheel, which we shall return to.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank David A
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

We stopped at the Catherine wheel as we had poor service at the swan, I have not been for many years but it is lovely, food was lovely, staff where friendly and I would recommend and return when we move back to the area.

Thank Localboy23
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