We have visited The Barn Tea Rooms many, many times over the years, and have always had a lovely afternoon tea or lunch in the past. We arrived with friends for afternoon tea yesterday, Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm. As soon as we walked in, the staff seemed to disappear into the back, and even though they had seen us, we couldn't get their attention. However, we found a table to sit at, and browsed the menu. During this time, someone was banging a hammer really loudly upstairs, and we couldn't actually hear ourselves talk. We put up with it though, as we knew we were in for a treat. We ordered soups, a cream tea, and a ploughmans lunch. (We did want some hot food, but we were told it was no longer available as it had all sold out.) Unfortunately, the soup was cold to luke warm (it would have been lovely too, if served hot), the scones were stale, and the ploughmans had coarse outer lettuce leaves, tough pickled onions, and not very nice cheeses (my friend couldn't eat it). I had a cappuchino, which turned out to be what tasted like an instant coffee with a tiny bit of froth on top. It seemed to us that the owner/manager wasn't there, and the staff wanted to get finished asap. I hope that this is a one off. We are retired restaurantuers, so we know what we are talking about. We won't be going back though. Shame.
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