We visit Stoke-by-Nayland restaurant a fair bit. It's middle of the range pricewise, so not the cheapest, but the food is usually original and good The venue is very pleasant with views over the scenic golf course, and the staff are friendly and helpful. Therefore, we thought it would be very nice to go there for Christmas dinner. We discussed the menu beforehand as I'm coeliac, and we were assured that any of the dishes on offer could be adapted for me. However, when we went to order, it seemed that items would have to be left off the plate if I ordered certain dishes. This is always quite disappointing as there are various alternatives, especially if ordered beforehand. There was gluten free bread, but I know that there is better quality bread out there. Some restaurants serve fantastic rolls etc, but I'm afraid this looked a bit like Tesco's seeded sliced bread. Forgive me if I'm wrong, and I wouldn't usually mention it, but we were paying £75.00 each. The salmon starter seemed a bit dry, and the main course, was distinctly uninteresting. I couldn't have the pigs in blankets or the stuffing. (There are gluten free options out there for both.) There wasn't enough gravy, and the vegetables were so uninteresting - plain carrots and sprouts. Sorry, but it had the appearance of something you would order in a very cheap place. I had some thing instead of stuffing, I think it was a gluten free Yorkshire pudding. It was so leathery it was hard to tell. For sweet I ordered a meringue concoction, but again, since I couldn't have cream it was very dry and uninteresting. It was a bit of a let down. This was an expensive meal, and the establishment had plenty of time to consider providing a few alternatives like soya cream substitute and gluten free stuffing. I wouldn't normally expect it, but for this money and with prior warning it would have been possible. It just didn't seem good enough and I was very disappointed.
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