I've visited the Brandling a few times over the years. A decent range of beers and good quality pub food experience has vanished with the recent revamp. We sat outside on Saturday night and fancied some snacks to go along with beers. It was only around 7pm and two of the five or six snacks from the menu weren't available, which seems a bit odd that early on their busiest night. They also asked for a table number but there wasn't one on it. We spotted some tables had white chalk numbers on, but others must have rubbed off - how stupid is that?!
We each ordered chorizo with focaccia bread and a portion of chips. We had to wait for an hour, which was OK as it was a nice night, but nobody else outside was eating, so why such a long wait?
When it came it was disappointing to say the least. Five lumps of chorizo, each burned completely black on one side, in a small bowl splattered all round the inside in orange grease. It had obviously been microwaved. The bread was toasted, thin and tasteless. £5.50 for each portion. The chips were OK, but in something like a tea cup. They were gone in a flash, so few were there. No way was that worth 8 quid each.
Very disappointing, and judging by others reviews it looks like the food side if things is a complete shambles. I won't be eating there again.
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