Review of hotel and restaurant - stayed Sunday 23rd December 2012
I really wanted to like this pub/restaurant/ hotel. I loved the website – it said all the right things. Quirky English decor – regionally sourced ingredients for the kitchen but I have to say our one night stay on the Sunday night before Christmas was a very very big disappointment.
If you were only going to come here for the pub I think you would really enjoy it. The large open fire and little quirky details like the pillar of books and in the summer a large sitting area at the back.
We unfortunately booked the hotel because of the mention of the restaurant in the Michelin Guide. I don’t think the people from Michelin came on a Sunday night. I was not told when I booked that there would not be a chef in the kitchen on Sunday nights nor that the menu would be so limited. I had been told that we could chose from a Christmas menu but were told on the night that this was not available.
We waited ¾ hour when the waiter came and informed us that the venison we had ordered was not available any more. We had by then consumed most of the red wine we had ordered. There was only one other meat dish on the menu that we didn’t fancy so we were told we could order the Sunday lunch roast that sounded good. After another 1/5 wait , with no offer of bread, we received the starter. A child could have made a better dish. It was goats cheese (soft out of a pot) smeared onto a plate with tined fruit dotted on it and a couple of leaves of chicory. We thought it was a joke at first.
When the main meal came it was the most disgusting meal I have ever seen in my life. It was obviously been made from warmed up left overs from the lunch. I have never in my life send back food but I would even have given this to my dogs. It was an utter disgrace. Even though they didn’t charge us for it – it had already spoiled my night.
Luckily you cant do much wrong with warmed up sticky toffee pudding so at least we had something to eat.
Our room – Stranger than truth – was nicely decorated and as I say I did my best to like it here but when at about 7oclock in the morning you have loud and i mean load reggae music blaring up through the floor boards – you just want to get out as fast as possible.
We had been really looking forward to our stay and we came all the way from the Netherlands to visit. They managed to ruin our first night of our Christmas holiday. This place get a big fat 0 out of 10 from us.
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