During our recent visit to the Kielder area (party of 7), we decided to dine at this pub last week based upon previous reviews posted on this website. We are beginning to wonder if it is the same pub that we dined at!!??!!
Although the staff were very welcoming and most pleasant, with prompt service, the 2 course meals ordered were unbelievably sub standard for the price. Everything we ordered during the 2 courses was straight out of the freezer (including the steaks and Iceland standard lasagne) and served lukewarm. Only the chips were home made. Our steaks were not served as ordered ie medium and rare, but all came extremely well done and looked as if they had been boiled. They appeared to have been microwaved then finished off on a grill for authenticity! The lasagne resembled a frozen Findus meal which was lacked flavour and also served lukewarm. The battered fish was overcooked and more batter than fish. The lamb shank was about the best, but was served with chips and peas (as was everything else). The dining room where we were seated was very very basic with plastic fake Tudor cladding on the walls! In addition, there was no escape from the extremely loud jukebox music blaring out from the bar.
All in all, the staff were very pleasant and the service very prompt, however the food and setting was more akin to a factory canteen! My advice is DON'T DINE HERE!
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