Came here for lunch last week with my friend who has small children. It was a hot day, the children were getting wound up and us adults needed a break!
I suggested the eight bells as I remembered the huge outdoor children's area! I thought this would occupy the children and we could sit and relax whilst supervising them from our table.
When we got there it was busy outside as it appeared lots of others had the same idea! We were lucky enough to grab the final empty outdoor table, complete with sunshade and perfect view of the garden (easy child watching!)
I will admit that I was pessimistic at first as the last few visits had been disappointing and I have not heard particularly brilliant things about it since, but I thought that at best it would keep the kids quiet and I could go for something safe on the menu!
We were served at the bar by an older guy, who appeared to be working alone, he was painstaking slow (slightly grumpy) and considering we are into the summer holidays, its lunch time and busy, perhaps he would have benefited from a hand or two!
We ordered our food from the menu, which I was pleased to see had been updated. I had a chicken ceaser salad and my friend went for the pasta special, whilst the children had chicken nuggets and a kids lasagne which I was pleasantly surprised to see was offered as a child's option!
We went back outside with drinks and the food arrived in no time at all!
My salad was lovely, my friends pasta was also amazing and the kids food was as you would expect, typically the kids had some bread and chips leftover which they fed to the ducks, this added a nice highlight for them to the lunch.
Whilst the ducks and swans in the adjacent pond were friendly and good fun, a slight downer on sitting outside is the demon seagulls! They literally steal things from unattended plates, regardless if there still someone sat at the table! I imagine this is a by product from the duck feeding, and probably there was a sign somewhere to discourage people from doing so, I didn't see it if there was, and the seagulls are just a drop in the ocean of a good meal!
Would I come here again? As a couple who eat out 5 nights in 7, we are often looking for new placers to try and up until now we have been avoiding the Eight Bells, often grunting if friends happen to suggest it! But, after this experience I will 100% be dragging my partner along to show him the positive change!
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