We frequently eat out in the area and recently discovered the Earl of March for a quick Saturday Lunch, which we had in the bar area. So first experience was good....
We then make the mistake of returning for a Tuesday lunch with our daughter. My wife booked a table and we were sat in the restaurant. The menu is a bit pretentious for lunch time, so we asked to see the bar menu for my daughter, which was given to us immediately. Finally we decided on 2 dishes from the main menu and one from the Bar menu. The waitress who took our order and said in a loud and condescending voice " For future reference, you will have to sit in the bar to order from the bar menu" and stormed off. We were left in a state of shock and it took all my wife and daughters persuasion to stop me from leaving immediately.
The staff then came to our table and removed most of the cutlery and the napkins, and set about ignoring us for 45 minutes while they served everyone else bread and made them feel welcome.
Eventually our food turned up, the Cajan chicken my daughter ordered was tasteless and the £14.50 fish and chips my wife and I ordered was decidable average.
No one checked our food was OK and when we eventually could take no more of the lack of service and hostility we asked for our bill. I took the bill to the bar to pay, as I could not stay in this place for a moment longer! Not a single courteous word was muttered by the officious waitress (blonde tied back hair working Tuesday 19th Feb), and certainly no inquiry as to "how was your meal."
I left £48 worse off and furious.
The area has many fine places to eat what ever your taste, I strongly suggest you look else where, Royal Oak, Fox goes free, Amelie & Freinds, Goodwood hotel etc..
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