We've now visited The Store 4 times....and I'd so like to give it a rave review because it's a very nice set up, the people are really friendly and the menu sounds so good....I'd love to love it....but it just doesn't quite get there with the food quality.
First visit was soup...a Mexican Chicken...it was a bit on the bland side...I know the place is really family friendly and perhaps the soup wasn't spicy or well seasoned to appeal to little palates...but it did disappoint slightly. Artisan bread was served alongside - generous portion - but it was flavoured with (I think) caraway seeds, not mentioned in the description, and was incredibly strong. Personal taste but perhaps a choice or at least a mention that the bread was very strongly flavoured/aromatic might have helped us make an informed choice.
Next visits were croque monsieur...billed as real croques because of the layer of bechamel on top. The first was pretty good...a little dry inside but it did have a reasonable layer of bechamel on top and was very tasty. On a subsequent visit we had croques again and they were nothing like as good. Dry, a bit overdone and if there had been bechamel on top it must have been a very thin layer. Not sure if this was different chefs or just an unlucky day.
Final visit and we had a BLT and a homemade mediterranean veg tart with side salad. The BLT was a bit thrown together and stone cold. This might have been by design! It was hard to tell if the veg tart had been taken from the oven and then served at whatever temperature it happened to be at when ordered or if it had been microwaved but it was lukewarm and the pastry was soggy. The egg filling was sadly overcooked. We couldn't eat it.
On our final visit the place was mobbed and the staff, although really busy, were really pleasant and helpful. It felt a bit like kicking them when they were down to complain...if it had been quieter we would have sent the tart back and I'm sure they'd have done something about it.
There is a very nice play area outside and a really cute little play shop for little people, and at weekends and holidays they have a kind of ice cream factory with locally made sorbets (all natural) for the kids. If you prefer something quieter or you don't have kids then maybe best to visit during the week!
A little bit more attention to detail with the food...especially with things that need to be reheated...would make a massive amount of difference. Coffee and tea are excellent quality and they have a lovely range of nice fruit juices and soft drinks. Service is great and you couldn't wish for a more family friendly place.
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