I reserved a table for lunch at 13:30 for our family (five of us including three kids). After waiting 30 minutes for our table we ordered immediately on sitting down. Although the kid's food came out reasonably quickly my wife's and my main courses arrived 50 minutes after sitting down.
Unfortunately it wasn't worth the wait as the food was nothing special. I'm surprised at the rave reviews for the food here as it isn't better than that in similar places in nearby villages (Shere, Cranleigh, Clandon, etc.).
Upon our remarking on the slow service of food, our waitress apologised said that the dining room was "understaffed" which I didn't quite believe as when we ordered most tables were relaxing over coffees and the waitstaff were hanging out together. In any event the front of house staffing wouldn't affect the speed of the kitchen unless the kitchen had prepared our food and then waitresses had left it under the heating lamps for half an hour. A possibility after how the food tasted.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stag on the River is an authentic and charming riverside pub set in the beautiful Surrey country side just outside of the town of Godalming. It has seven letting bedrooms all with their own ensuite facilities, unique character and tasteful decoration. Inspiring, rustic and hearty food and drink made from the best ingredients our local land has to offer awaits those who stay for dinner and a drink. You will always receive the warmest of welcomes at the Stag ....... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Stag On The River Hotel Godalming
- The Stag On The River Godalming, Surrey