Just got back from an evening at this pretty pub nestled amongst a cluster of cottages on the Helford Estuary.
Ok, that's the good bit over with.
It was a very underwhelming experience. A plate of cheese at £7.50 consisted of 3 miniscule slices of very average cheese, served with biscuits that might have been on special offer at Aldi. What was described as chutney, appeared to be a ramekin of bland hard chopped gooey something or other, garnished with two slithers of celery. I think it was celery. It really was the most miniscule slither - could have been anything.... We also ordered a plate of hummus. The hummus arrived in a ramekin dish once used by The Borrowers. Thimble sized. Containing the oddest looking hummus I have ever seen. Excuse me for being graphic, but sick and dog spring to mind. Served with four huge pieces of stale bread. This presented a challenge. How would we spread this thimble sized amount of hummus across four stonking pieces of bread?
If you can't get a cheeseboard right, and you're struggling with something as straightforward as hummus, then it's time to worry. All the major supermarkets sell tubs of decent hummus for a £1 or less.... Risible at £6.50.
Moving on, the other issue which was perhaps more irritating was the behaviour of the staff, (grubby, loud, oblivious,) many of whom had congregated at the end of the bar swapping stories about Helston Floral Day and how drunk they were going to get. It was like one big Gap Year/Student Union bore off, and one which we didn't need to be party to.
If we were paying student prices it would be bad enough, but paying £26.00 for two starter portions of pathetic food and two glasses of naff wine adds insult to injury.
This was our third visit, it's the only pub for miles around, and has a captive audience. It now has two less, we won't be returning.
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