Have to say it was with some trepidation that I accepted to visit The Cherry Tree for Mother’s Day as, in my experience, these chain pub restaurants suffer on big ticket days from abject service levels and overrun kitchen staff.
But, have to report as I find, and we found it a good experience. It was a reduced Mother’s Day menu mainly centred on roasts, which presumably assisted the kitchen, and what we had was very good in both quality and quantity. And couldn’t fault the service levels from the generally young serving staff who were efficient in table waiting and order taking and the food was promptly served, which was no mean achievement considering how busy the place was. And on top of that the Purity UBU was more than drinkable as well..
As others have commented, these Vintage Inn Restaurant type places suffer from a large turnover of managers and chefs in the kitchen, and your dining experience is usually dependant on timing it to when they have some good ones. And in this respect I guess we achieved it. Amusingly (well for someone of my years), I noticed that there seemed to be a couple of young managers working this session who were running around with the latest fad of Gastro pub staff, e.g. clip boards and fully mic’d up radio headsets. If that’s what it takes to run an efficient restaurant then by all means carry on, but I can’t help thinking there must currently be a lot of ground disturbance being caused by old time Maitre D’s spinning in their graves..
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