The Bistro at Hannah's is worth the not inconsiderable effort to get there. The Seale-Hayne campus is quite a long way from the main road and the access is steep and winding. If you are not entitled to use the disabled parking area, the car park is quite a long way from the main buildings and the walk from there is, again, very steep.
When you do eventually arrive the location is stunning - the views fantastic and the silence almost physical.
The main dining room is a cosy 'clubby' wood-panelled room with comfortable chairs and large tables. The staff are friendly and jolly. The menu is small and very restricted for vegetarians - if you don't like smoked cheese there is nothing for you.
My party of four ordered four different main courses. They were all well presented, well cooked and of adequate size. The service was very slow - which did not matter to us but anyone on a fixed lunch break would be under pressure. It was disappointing that our four hot meals were all served on cold plates - a 'hanging offence' in my book!
There seems to be quite a turnover of chefs here. We came to The Bistro a few years ago for lunch and had a superb meal. We came as guests to a formal lunch in their function suite last year and the meal was a disgrace!
This is a very special location; if they have finally managed to sort out the kitchens, it will become a little gem.
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