We've eaten at the Farm Shop restaurant on and off for several years. The quality used to be very high and there were often long queues around lunchtime. In good weather, the outdoor seating area is very pleasant whereas the restaurant can seem noisy and cluttered.
The restaurant was fairly quiet on our recent visit and the food was disappointing. As another reviewer commented, the portion sizes have increased but quality has gone down. Sausage and mash used to be a genuine delight with a trio of succulent best quality sausages tastefully presented on a bed of fluffy mash. This time, we had grossly overcooked thin sausages (dry as old boots) on a bed of greasy and poorly presented mash. The caramelised onion gravy was far too sweet. A ploughman's lunch meal had enormous amounts of cheese, a small portion of rather poor pork pie and two slices of bread. When we asked for extra bread, it was added to the bill. We didn't get the advertised piccalilli. As we had a foreign visitor with us, we expected the meals to reflect the best of English rustic fare. The pork pie was nothing like the genuine Melton Mowbray article, there was no cheddar cheese and perhaps the brie was French.
Given that Chatsworth has seen some fairly steep price rises this year, prices in the restaurant are still quite reasonable but surely the restaurant must try to keep up the high standards implied by the quality of food in the farm shop.
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