We booked in for a 1 night 'A la Carte Frenzy' deal on Saturday night. We had previously stayed twice at the hotel over the last 10 years and loved it!
Our room was in the old building with a 4-poster bed and was excellent.
Things really only went down-hill when we went down for our evening meal. It really felt like the hotel had dispensed with it's chef and cost-cutting had swept through the kitchen / food.
We were presented with an all day menu, rather than a personalised chef-driven a la carte menu. When we asked if this was normal - we were told that the hotel had decided to offer the a la carte menu all day...........really!!.......afternoon tea, sandwiches, and 'in-betweeners' on the menu?? There were only 4 true starters and the same for the desserts.....and overall I think you would get a better and more interesting choice at a typical chain pub. I also wondered how often the menu changes?
We had some nibbles and a main course each and shared some cheese and biscuits. The mains were fine (although nothing special) and the cheese course was embarrassing...........no garnishes and a pile of branded water biscuits. I was glad that we had not been tempted to have any other courses. On previous visits the restaurant has been full, with a reasonable proportion of locals eating, they were noticeably absent this time.
Breakfast - my wife had the kipper with lemon, but had to ask for another piece of lemon from which you could feasibly get some juice. The full english came out luke-warm, the sausage did not taste of any quality and it felt like every ingredient had been counted out!
Please note that on our previous visits the food experience has been excellent and really added to the great assets that this hotel undoubtedly has. Our disappointment is therefore driven by our comparisons to previous stays and we felt the deal we had, was now poor value as a result.
We will hopefully come back one day, but not until we are certain that the food has been re-vamped. I also hope that what we encountered has not been replicated at the sister hotels?
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- THE SPREAD EAGLE HOTEL & SPA IN MIDHURST is one of England's oldest coaching inns in the heart of the South Downs. The 15th-century Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa welcomes you with a fine blend of traditional charm and contemporary comfort. Nestling in the historic town of Midhurst, it's the perfect setting to explore the beauty of West Sussex, swim, spa and experience fine dining. ... more less
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