The Cowshed Coffee Shop is one of two places to eat at the National Trust property at Polesden Lacey. Both of them are available to visitors outside the property (but still within the grounds) and so do not require visitors to pay for entry before using these facilities. Both of them are expensive and both of them in my experience produce food which varies tremendously in quality. The Cowshed Coffee Shop is on the entrance to the property and offers hot and cold drinks and simple snack meals such as bacon baguettes, beef pasties and filled sandwiches. The quality is tremendously variable, todays food was atrocious. The bacon in the baguette had obviously been cooked several hours previously and kept hot to put into the bread when required, it was hard and tough. The sausage rolls were burnt on the outside and had been kept hot for several hours, the pastry was actually tough. At nearly £5 per item this was not value for money in my view. I have had a reasonable snack here in the past but my last few visits have been very disappointing, the quality of the food may begin it's life as good but unfortunately the staff in this particular venue have a way of ruining it and making it almost inedible. One to avoid unless you are prepared to complain in order to try and improve their offering.
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