We were looking forward to the experience of an exciting new restaurant in the area. The new decor was very impressive and beautifully done. However - it then fell apart. I ordered the pumpkin soup which on arrival was luke warm and fairly bland - after a couple of spoonfuls I was aware of a very sharp hard object in my mouth which turned out to be a large piece of plastic with a pointed end - this could have been very serious had I swallowed it. Having called the server and pointed it out it was taken away - and the soup was replaced 15 minutes later (after my friends had finished their starters - they had the scallops and said they were very good). However the soup was so hot this time it was scalding and I had to wait for it to cool down. My second course was the special of the evening " Pan fried plaice on a bed of roasted vegetables". On arrival it was the strangest "plaice" I had ever seen. Once again the server was called "Oh did I say plaice - I meant sea bass. Don't you want it ? Do you want to order something else?" I did not feel inclined to wait another 30 minutes as my friends already had their meals. We were supposed to be dining together! So I stayed with the sea bass which was completely tasteless - the vegetables were as bad - couldn't tell what they were. The extra vegetables ordered were in enamel dishes so hot one couldn't move them around the table but strangely were luke warm to eat. Being the designated driver I only had a glass of wine but my friends had a couple of bottles of red and they said it was excellent but a bit pricey. What is the strange idea of serving wine in tumblers and not wine glasses?? After the soup episode a gentleman came to me and said obviously the soup would be complimentary and they were very sorry. Fair enough things happen. After the fiasco with the fish no-one came near us - not even the usual "How is your meal ?" After paying over £190 for the four of us including a compulsory service charge (no complimentary soup either first or second helping) we were not impressed and I am afraid we will not be returning. I love my food and we are lucky to have some excellent eating establishments in the area and I see from other reviews that I appear to be the only person to have had a bad experience - I hope this is so and it was just one of those nights when everything went wrong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the picturesque Surrey Hills, Bel & The Dragon Churt is a beautifully restored country inn nestled between the historic town of Farnham and the well-known Devil’s Punch Bowl, which is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Following extensive renovation by renowned interior designer Nicola Harding, Bel & The Dragon Churt will offer 13 stylish bedrooms alongside an all new bar & restaurant. The bar, complete with cosy seating and stunning French windows onto our new terrace, is the perfect place to enjoy a warming cappuccino or a delicious glass of wine. The restaurant with its new open kitchen allows you to view the very best local ingredients being transformed into mouth-watering dishes – adding a touch of culinary theatre to your dining. experience! ... more less
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- Bel & The Dragon Churt, Surrey, UK