This was once probably the best place to eat in the Chichester area; great food in a lovely pub in a beautiful setting - sadly no longer. We went for Sunday lunch and they appeared to be hardly coping. The (very civil and polite) barman forgot what he was doing half way through doing our drinks and started polishing glasses. We were taken to our table (or should I call it a ledge?). It was one of those extra tables proprietors squeeze in to make short term profits at the expense of not just the poor individuals (us) who have to sit at them but also the other diners who have to navigate their way past. The waitress commanded me to move my chair in in the same curt manner that an air hostess will tell you to return your seat to upright before landing...except that I couldn't get in any further. My punishment seemed to be that she would (it seemed intentionally) brush past my chair every time she went past. The staff without the attitude problems looked like they lived in fear of their boss - like frightened rabbits almost.
The food was rubbish. My ("How would you like you burger done?" - "Medium rare please") burger was dry and overcooked. It had obviously been sitting around for a long time presumably whilst they were making sure my partner's yorkshire pudding was stone cold and inedible before sending it out. The ketchup comes in thimbles so small it's clear they they don't approve of ketchup and are trying to discourage you from having it - well take burgers off the menu then because ketchup is what you have with a burger and chips. They forgot to bring our second bottle of wine which was a relief because we were so uncomfortable we just wanted to leave ASAP. They forgot to add our pre-lunch drinks to the bill which I felt just about evened things up....but not quite. Why didn't we complain at the time? Because there's no point is there really? By that stage we knew lunch was ruined and when you're perched at a table like that you don't want to do anything to prolong your discomfort.
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