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“I don't know where the reviewer on 24th ate, but it wasn't the Dark Horse as we know it”

Dark Horse Restaurant
Price range: US$13 - US$20
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The Dark Horse offers light lunches/brunch from 11am - 2.30Pm dailey (closed Monday) and evening meals 6pm - 9pm, all day Saturday & 12noon - 4pm on Sundays including roast dinners. The bar is open all day from 11am - 11pm (closed Monday)
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We have eaten at the Dark Horse on several occasions and have previously eaten at the owners previous business. We have never had a bad experience. The food is consistently good and freshly cooked. Moreover, given that I have a dietary disorder and need a gluten free diet, the kitchen is always willing to flex the menu to accommodate me.

As for the waiting staff, our experience is that they are friendly but never over nearing and very efficient.

The restaurant is in a lovely setting with lots of character and atmosphere.

So what if there are paper napkins, this is a good value country pub restaurant with main courses reasonably priced at 10- 15 pounds. It doesn't pretend to be the anything else, and for what it is we would happily recommend it


Yes there are paper napkins, but the Dark Horse does not hold itself out as the Roth are always friendly but I can eat

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2  Thank Tim C
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Let me summarise:

Paper Napkins!
We asked for a jug of water and received precisely that! (Warm water - no ice!)
Dreadful, dreadful intrusive music, not conducive to relaxation!
Cheap cutlery.
Terrible lighting - no atmosphere whatsoever.
Frozen chips! (In a restaurant?)
Cheap quality frozen peas and mushrooms.
A tatty cactus on the table rather than flowers or a candle!
No offer of a drink in the bar beforehand - shown straight to our table to take our order.
The owner wandering about in a polo shirt and beach shorts!

However, all this utter mediocrity and incompetence paled into insignificance when compared with the staff:

1 A pleasant enough young waitress who greeted us with 'Hello guys' and then proceeded to refer to us as 'guys' every time she spoke to us - delivering the menus- taking the orders- bringing the wine- bringing the meals - Guys, guys, guys. You've got the idea? The overfamiliarity was utterly infuriating.

2 And finally, the owner himself - a surly to the point of rudeness individual who, despite wandering around the restaurant in his shorts made no attempt to even say ;'Good evening' to us, let alone to ask us if everything was to our satisfaction! (It wasn't.)

No, His only words to us all evening were at the end 'D'you want your bill?' and 'Steak's £5 extra'. Charming.

Was there anything good? Yes, the steak was good quality and cooked perfectly. However, it was insulted by the frozen chips and cheap vegetables. And that's it - we cannot honestly think of any other redeeming feature of this restaurant.

All in all, a dreadful experience which we shall never ever repeat.

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2  Thank David B
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Went for breakfast a couple of times on a Sunday morning. Smoked Salmon and scrambled eggs are the best in the world. (I don't like my eggs sloppy) so perfect for me, the tea and coffee are wonderful and the breakfast my husband had was great. well done Dark horse hoping to see you for dinner on Wednesday night.

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Thank Karen D
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Have visited twice now and experienced no improvement sadly! Meals chosen sounded nice on the menu but disappointed with quality and taste. Presentation moderate to good but just not quite good enough to really enjoy and say yes I'll be back. Actually we won't!

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Thank marcustheboss
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Decided to try The Dark Horse instead of the Leaping Hare as reviews were positive. We were a bit disappointed. It wasn't what we expected. Not really sure how to describe it but restaurant doesn't fit for us. Not a pub or a cafe. Perhaps the sort of dining place you might find in a National Trust property. Quite interesting building as previously stables and many of the original features have remained. Simple food but fresh. Expensive tuna salad and thought £2 for a small glass of mineral water was steep. No atmosphere the Saturday lunch time we went. Service pleasant enough. Wouldn't go back.

Thank PMurray
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