Visited on Thursday 4th August 2011. We arrived at our B&B in the early evening and asked where the nearest place was to eat. Our B&B hosts suggested here and said it wasn’t necessary to book. On arriving at 8:20pm we noticed that they served food until 9pm. We asked for a table for six and were met with a gruff response along the lines of “I’ll have to check if it’s OK with the kitchen”. Bar man returned and told us it was, so long as we ordered straightaway. And boy, did he mean straightaway. With notepad and pen at the ready bar man was unwelcoming to say the very least. When my husband attempted to order a starter he was abruptly told we couldn’t have starters. If it wasn’t for the fact we’d travelled a long way and didn’t know the area we would have walked out there and then. Food was good, nothing to complain about, but nothing special either. Waitresses popped their heads round the door every few minutes to see if we’d finished eating. Nothing unusual in that I suppose but given the hostile “welcome” it made me feel as though we should be wolfing our food down.
I’ve read the other reviews for the Stag Hunters and am very aware that our experience is amongst the minority as we definitely didn’t receive the warm welcome and level of service most other reviewers have reported. Was it because we had children with us? At 11 and 13 they are hardly babies and are very used to eating out. I can only conclude that the regular staff/owners were away because the white haired man behind the bar couldn’t give a damn about this group of six.
Would we venture there again? Never.
- Also Known As:
- Stag Hunters Hotel
- The Stag Hunters Hotel Brendon, Devon