I was recently taken to the Cliff Restaurant for a birthday surprise, and despite its reputation as somewhere lovely to eat, my husband and I were left somewhat disappointed.
We waited by the bar for some time before being addressed by one of the staff. I asked for a dry white wine, having had no wine list made available, and it took a formal request to have a look at the wine menu being perused by the barman for me to be able to choose my own dry white for the pre-dinner drinks. We were then asked to take a seat until someone would come to get us and show us to our table. This did not happen, and at 8.15 (the time that we should have been seated) we made our own way to the cardboard sign which requested us to 'Wait here' and then we were shown to a table by the window.
We had lovely starters, both opting for the mushrooms on toast with duck egg, and I must add that the breads provided were very tasty indeed. However, I cannot say the same for the main course at all. Both my husband and I are vegetarians, and whilst I understand the problems this may cause for non-vegetarian chefs in creating tasty, well-designed and value for money meals that fit in with the busy kitchen life of an establishment, we were both left more than underwhelmed at the £15.00 'choice' that was on offer for us. I do not call a portion of bland cous-cous accompanying under-seasoned and under-spiced butternut squash 'tagine' worth anywhere near the money charged. In fact, having eaten many tagines I can say that the one offered by the reputably experienced chef did not reach any where near the delightful moroccan tastes I had imagined or had expected from a restaurant with such an apparent good reputation. Unfortunately there was no other choice so we had to both opt for this dish which was accompanied by cauliflower and potatoes covered in parsley (hardly the desired accompaniments for a moroccan tagine!).
On the plus side, the decor was very tasteful and the numerous waitresses polite and friendly. However, a 'No Mobile Phone' policy should be adopted in the restaurant as it is quite off-putting having to listen in on other diner's conversations when you are trying to enjoy your meal.
We love Pembrokeshire and love eating out at quality eateries - this is one restaurant that we will not be going out of our way to visit in the near future.
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