We were 4 adults and 2 children staying nearby in Monyash (Spingle Barn is a MUST!) and came to the pub for a Groupon lunch deal treat. The pub itself is very run down so being a nice day, we sat outside for a pre lunch drink and for the children to play. The outside was also quite neglected with nothing for children, so they went in and enjoyed playing on the pool table. The Groupon deal was for a main course, with either a starter or a dessert. Two of us chose starters, a mezze and a cheesy garlic bread, both of which were fine. The main courses came and 5 of them were fine, but my King Prawn Garlic Lemon & Chilli Tagliatelli was a disaster. When we ordered it they said did explain they had run out of Tagliatelli so it would come with spaghhetti instead. OK I thought. When the dish came, far from king prawns it was a small portion of tiny previously frozen prawns which were so tough they had clearly been microwave defrosted then over cooked. The sauce was like dishwater laced with chilli. I had three mouthfulls and could eat no more. Vile. I waited for the waiter to come round (he was the only person working) but he was sat having his lunch. When he eventually came to clear the table, I said I was sorry, didn't wish to cause a problem, but could not eat the dish and he told me I should have said something sooner as his chef had now gone home and the kitchen was closed. Full stop. No apology, no offer or any replacement (I said I would be happy with just a bowl of chips). He even questioned my opinion by stating the woman opposite me had praised the very same dish! I must be stupid and not know good food when I see it. Well I certainly know a rude man when I see him. Luckily I had had the starter as further complaint would have been futile. The other adults in our party were so disgusted by my treatment that they chose not to bother with their desserts. The two children both enjoyed a dessert each whilst the waiter was then sickeningly jovial. We will NEVER return to this run down pub, and would not be in the least bit surprised to see it closed by this time next year.
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