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“Overdone”

The Leg of Mutton and Cauliflower
Ranked #7 of 27 Restaurants in Ashtead
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$22
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Originally opened as far back as 1707, The Leg of Mutton and Cauliflower has always been a focal point in the community. Now under new management, The Leg is back to where it should be, serving the very best quality Cask Ale, Fine Wines, carefully selected Larger's, plus our popular German wheat bear and a large variety of Gins and Whisky. Our traditional pub food is cooked fresh and uses locally sourced ingredients. Our fabulous roast dinners are served all day on Sunday. The deceptively large traditional village pub has both a front garden and sheltered back garden and lawn. Plus car park. There is a separate space which can be hired for private functions with its own sound system, plus catering options. The Leg is family-friendly and dog friendly. With a weekly quiz night every Wednesday from 20:30, Live Music every first Thursday of the month and a range of community events throughout the year.
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Went looking for a nice place to eat on Friday evening. You walk through the bar towards the back of the building what looked to be previously the kitchen with fireplace. Although there were only three couples, two of us were place right next to each other. My partner ordered the lamb burger (£11), I the beef burger(£11), with a bottle of Malbec (£18). The service was good with the waitress very friendly. She returned with the news that they could not do the "lamb". That was funny considering the name, and my partner changed her choice to the beef.

The food arrived quite nicely presented with the burger stack secured on a nice wooden pin and the hand cut chips stacked like a mini pile of firewood. Unfortunately the taste was matching - more like fire wood than food. The meat was overcooked, without seasoning and dry. Bread not fresh without any spread or sauce. Chips thoroughly overcooked in oil that have not been changed for a while.

With the Malbec to the rescue we manage to get through about 2/3rds of the meal...

If the cook had only a fraction of the waitress's enthusiasm...

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Thank Johanmalan
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We had reserved a table but it was unnecessary as the restaurant was empty when we arrived. The room was very pleasant, with the tables nicely laid out. Fortunately the appalling music that was blaring out in the bar area was not playing in the restaurant. However, later another group of diners arrived to take a table in the same room and the waitress decided to open the door to the outside. It did not occur to her to ask whether we would mind or not, especiallyas by now it was raining heavily.

When we were given the menus we were told that one item was unavailable. On giving our order the kitchen announced that another item had to be taken off. We finally managed to choose items that were actually available. We both ordered chips and were lucky, as the next couple to place an order were told that chips were now unavailable!

The food arrived promptly but was disappointing to say the least. The menu stresses that wherever possible the food is locally sourced. That it is fine but it needs to be cooked properly. Both the fish and the steak appeared to be overcooked; whatever the cause was, other than the chips, the food was tasteless. Thus once we had finished, we had no desire to sample a dessert and were glad that we had decided to forgo starters. We simply paid up and left.

We find it hard to believe that a restaurant starts evening service without the kitchen having checked on the supplies for the evening. Two portions of chips and they have run out - that does suggest poor organisation.

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Thank AlexSurrey
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Jason_SmithGM, General Manager at The Leg of Mutton and Cauliflower, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Good Morning AlexSurrey,

Firstly I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write us a review, we appreciate all feedback whether good or bad.

We are very sorry that on this occasion we didn't meet your expectations. As our menu states all food is indeed locally sourced and we pride ourselves on its fresh preparation, as a result this does unfortunately mean that some times as we progress through a service, certain items will become unavailable; this helps us maintain the freshness/quality of food on a daily basis.

As you can see (based on other reviews) the final quality of our dishes is normally top notch and I sincerely apologise that, for what ever reason, yours were not on the night. If you decide to visit us again in the future, if you would like to ask for me personally I'd very much like to make it up to you and perhaps discuss the visit further.

Once again, our sincerest apologies and we very much hope you give us the benefit of the doubt and visit again.

Kind regards,

Jason Smith
General Manager

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We heard the rumour that the chef walked out 2 weeks ago but decided to take a chance as the website menu looked interesting.

The restaurant was empty when we arrived and when we were ready to place our order were advised that several of the main courses were not available (of course, these were the courses we wanted to order!). Despite this we persevered and ordered alternatives.

The service was dismally slow and when our mains finally arrived they were disappointing. All 3 meals were shoddily presented and the food was bland and colourless with no attention to detail. The only saving grace was the wine which we guzzled quickly to compensate for the poor quality of the food!

We left without ordering desserts or coffee and were not going to leave a tip - but as the waitress was trying so hard and seemed out of her depth we decided to tip her personally.

This establishment has seen many changes over the years and in our opinion this formula is the next destined to fail unless they quickly up their game!

We will not be returning.

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Thank Sue A
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

First time here for Sunday lunch for son's birthday recently. Was not busy but service was - well shall we say relaxed! We didn't mind as we were not in any hurry but if you were the time to order and time from order to delivery was very slow indeed.

Worth waiting for? Yes indeed. We all enjoyed our meals very much - the seared scallops and citrus salad I had was very good indeed and the scallops were enormous. The dessert was disappointing for me however. The cappuccino brulee was very runny and the sugar layer on top far too thick - the rest of the family though were very happy with the eton mess and ice creams,

Yes it's good and as it's the only place I have eaten in Ashtead, it might well be one of the best there. There are many other pubs and restaurants within a five mile radius however that would do things just as well so I would not make a point of returning soon but would be happy to do so if in the area with plenty of time to spare.

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Thank Trevor S
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

I checked out the 3 pubs in the area. The inside and outside rooms / spaces were very well done - head and shoulders above 'the rest'.
The young guy (Tom) who served us was very attentive and polite.
The food was pleasant, well presented, but not very good.
Our visit was badly let down by our outside table being dirty (poor attention to an important basic).
If they improve on these important 'basics' they will remain the best in the area by some margin.

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2  Thank Coco M
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