After being promised to be seated in five minutes whilst they reset a table, we waited almost half an hour to be shown through to the half empty restaurant and sat at the smallest table imaginable. All around us were small children shouting and running around. It had the atmosphere of a soft play centre.
Apparently there had been a problem on the counter, so we could "choose our meat and it will be cooked in the kitchen." I chose pork and my partner chose turkey. Two small plates were produced "The chef put turkey and pork on both." I sent the plates back and asked for what we had ordered. They came back correct complete with two limp Yorkshire puddings. We went to get ourselves vegetables and for a carvery the offering of overcooked broccoli, overcooked carrots or green beans was not very attractive. The roast potatoes were Aunt Bessie. They could not even be bothered to cook their own.
Back at the table my partner cut her turkey and put a piece in her mouth. It was stone cold. The piece underneath was raw. We felt this was the time to get-up and walk-out.
At no point during this debacle were we once offered drinks.
The conclusion? Avoid the Rose & Crown, Haverhill like the plague if you want an edible, let-alone enjoyable carvery. It really is that bad.
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