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“Simply Bad”
Review of Daylesford Cafe

Daylesford Cafe
Ranked #50 of 327 Restaurants in Gloucester
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Simply Bad”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We were visiting a nearby Art event, and friends with whom we had visited the event had booked supper for our party of four at the Daylesford restaurant after the art opening. They had previously visited the restaurant for brunch, and led us to have high expectations of the supper.
The service started on a wobbly note, having to wait no less than 15 minutes after arrival to be given menus in a place which was barely one third full. The charming Eastern European waitress was unable to answer any of our questions about items on the menu, saying that it was only her second day working there and she didn't know anything about what the dishes were. She was then replaced by a colleague who was delightful, and appeared to know all about what was on offer. At the end of the meal, we were substantially overcharged on our bill, which we hadn't noticed, but she returned to the table a few minutes later with profuse apologies and corrected the error. Thus far, faults just about recovered!
Then the food: my wife's chicken breast was so tough that I had to call for a steak knife for her to be able to cut it, and the roast potatoes were equally rock hard, and cold in the middle. My main course of hogget (?) which was apparently a piece of young lamb, "tender and succulent" was completely dried out and stringy; the side order of spring vegetables was cooked to a tasteless pulp.
The dessert was not much better: a salted treacle tart was hard and gritty although the accompanying ice cream was fine.
Altogether an awful experience, particularly for an establishment which apparently prides itself on high standards and has prices to match - so why did we not complain at the time and send the offending articles back? Of course we should have done so. The only excuse was that by then it was getting late and we had an hour or so's drive to get home. Also, we were reluctant to make problems because we did not wish to embarrass our friends who had chosen the venue with some enthusiasm.
At least we can use this opportunity to warn other potential diners!

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank carefreevoyager
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Always something missing”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

I visit Daylesford every time I visit the Cotswolds.
The concept is great at Daylesford, clean and well designed
The food is generally an 8/10, however I always leave thinking they miss the mark.
My last visit was the same, wine glass never filled correctly (volume too low - as I checked the other glasses of diners)
Forgot to bring my espresso until I reminded the server.
So no real big problems but always something.
As I live in NY I always dislike that some British restaurants charge for bread and never offer water, but again minor stuff
It's definitely worth the visit but expect a few issues.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Lee W
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Cockermouth
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“love this place1”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We've been here a couple of times, unfortunately only during the day, and we love it. Yes, the food in the shop is pricey but come on, you come here for a bit of luxury! We've eaten lunch and had tea, most recently at Easter, and its standards remain as high as ever, both in the food served and in the food, drink and house stuff you can buy in the shop. It's the sort of place that makes you want to move to the Cotswolds! Unless you're a bore with a serious chip on your shoulder, just come and enjoy it.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank liveittothefull
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Oxford
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Amazing farm fresh food”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

This cafe is open on Friday and Saturday evenings and the place is transformed from a busy cafe to a lovely dining spot in the Cotswolds. The place is lit with candles and hurricane lamps and the attention to detail is second to none. There is no where else ( besides Chateau de Villars in France) I know that checks the height of the blinds on the setting sun so as not cause a glare when eating for its patrons. Now to the food. The USP of this cafe is its wood burning oven so the food on offer has that lovely wood smoked subtle flavour. I opt for the steak each time or the oven roasted chicken but last night one of us had the pork. These meats are served with fresh garden greens and roast potatoes. Seafood and fish is always on offer too as well as other specials each week. The place is not overly expensive for a dinner out and the dress code is smart casual. The service is impeccable and I have no qualms being charged the 10% service charge on the bill. Its worth trying this out this cafe for supper /dinner if your are weekending in the area or have the great pleasure of living near by like we do.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank hspisme
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Stratford upon Avon
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Reliable quality of seasonal food...”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

We love being able to find seasonal foods and when you find a restaurant that ONLY cooks and serves seasonal foods that is extra special...the fact that it is also all organic and the supply chain is transparent only adds to the experience...the breadth of choice is not huge but the quality of cooking is always very good and you can watch it all happen right in front of you with an open front kitchen that encourages all ages to see it happen. Sadly it can be a bit of a job getting a reservation during peak periods but weekend evenings and weekdays are usually OK...and don't forget to leave some time for a quick trip around the 'posh' farm shop - their organic creamy Milk is best value - actually cheaper than Coop. However the big drawback is that they don't extend their WiFi for public use...I;d use the place a lot more for weekday business meetings/ luncheons if they did !

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank markt65
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