I booked The Mansion in Roundhay Park having visited it for a drink on Mothers Day 2013. At that time we sat outside and enjoyed a cup of tea as the sun blazed over the park. Cut to Mothers Day 2014 and we had booked to eat in the restaurant as a treat. On entering the restaurant we were shown to our table near the window which was excellent as we could see over the park.
There was only one menu which was £27.50 for 3 courses. I asked if we had to have 3 courses (as most other restaurants do 2 courses for slightly less or the dishes priced individually as my mother doesn't eat too much) and received a curt 'yes' before the person who showed us to the table hurried away. The starter was nice but the portion was very small (and this is from someone who doesn't go on about wanting heaps of food). The lady who served us never once asked whether we enjoyed the food (and for some reason had loads of pen marks on her tie) and simply whipped the plates off the table. The main course was luke warm and again, small. The potatoes were very hard to get into as they seemed to have been slightly burnt on one side. Three of us had the roast and there was about a tablespoon of gravy on the dish but I was provided with more gravy promptly when asked. During this course, I heard many of the diners asking for more gravy etc which begs the questions why more wasn't provided in the first place. Our plates were whipped away again without a word and no-one bothered to wipe the table between courses. The deserts came and again the portions were small but very tasty, myself and all the people on the table next to me asked for more custard as again there was very little on the plate (but to be fair, the girl who brought this was very apologetic).
In summary, the mothers day menu was extremely expensive for lukewarm, small portions, served without little etiquette or basic serving services you'd expect from any restaurant. It was more galling when we had previously had an excellent drink in the Roundhday Fox and spied their own menu which was £10 a head cheaper!! Luckily, the company I was in was good, the other diners were in good spirits and the view was great.
For such a lovely building and location, I was very disappointed with the service, food and price on what should have been a perfect day in Roundhay Park.
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