My husband and I thought we would re-visit an hotel bar/restaurant where we have eaten before over the past twenty five years, when privately owned by Mr & Mrs Green - before the hotel became a Best Western and which has obviously changed hands more recently. We used to find the menu typical of a country pub in the New Forest, with hot game dishes, casseroles and roasts. It was usually busy and full of charm. Today, Sunday, we called at around 12.45pm to find the bar restaurant completely empty of patrons. We were invited to choose any table we wanted, each being set up for lunch. Considering we were the only people there, it wasn't difficult!
We were handed a menu which consisted of 3 or 4 hot dishes - gammon, fish, pumpkin and burger with the rest mainly sandwiches. My husband chose gammon, egg and chips I also decided that at £10.50 I too would have this. After a few minutes, the waiter/barman (we only saw two staff about throughout) came and apologised for there being only one portion of gammon available and would I care to select an alternative. Reluctantly, I chose the battered fish - priced at £12.50, which I thought was over priced. My husband's meal looked reasonably attractive and the gammon was freshly cooked. My fish dish was another matter entirely. Soon after cutting into the batter, I realised the fish inside was almost cold, giving the impression it had been plunged into hot fat from frozen and was still cold and raw. I pointed out the problem to the waiter, who gave me the option of waiting for another meal to be cooked or an alternative. Meanwhile, my husband was almost through his meal! I ended up deciding on a Caesar Salad with chicken, which arrived some 15 minutes after my husband had finished his meal. By this time, any appetite I might have had had disappeared.
The waiter obviously realised we had had a disastrous experience and did not charge for the salad. However, our lunchtime had been a total disappointment and not one we will ever forget.
Obviously, as an hotel, it would appear to have had some recent glowing praise. As a place to eat for a Sunday lunch, I would certainly give it a miss!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crown Manor House Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Lyndhurst Village, the capital of the New Forest National Park. Our beautiful 15th century listed hotel has been totally rebuilt over the years from modest beginnings to its current impressive, large black and white timbered building.So why choose to Stay at The Crown Manor House Hotel? We offers guests a relaxing English countryside getaway with real log fires, tranquil gardens, attentive service and fantastic locally sourced food, including a great breakfast, combined with a real sense of tradition. All 50 guest rooms, some of which have four poster beds, are well appointed, individually lovingly designed for the 21st century, sympathetic to our period listed building.With a large free car park and being only 3 miles from the mainline railway station, exploring couldn’t be easier. Lyndhurst is brimming with quaint shops, new forest tea room and fantastic pubs. There are walks on our doorstep on picturesque heathlands and bicycling in ancient woods. You can wear riding boots in the morning, wellington boots at noon and golf spikes in the afternoon. Maybe take a 15 minute drive to the beach with the family or even the Isle of Wight. Special weekend breaks are also available to Peppa Pig world, Exbury Gardens. WiFi is complimentary. Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, a romantic getaway or precious time with family, The Crown Manor House Hotel is the perfect place to stay. We look forward to welcoming you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Lyndhurst
- Lyndhurst Best Western
- The Crown Manor House Hotel Lyndhurst, New Forest