We booked a table using our Tastecard, and we had heard a rumour after booking it that the place had changed hands within the last few weeks. When we arrived at Bowlish House the front door was locked which didn't give a good opening impression. There was only one other couple in the bar and, for most of the evening, in the dining room so no "atmosphere" - much as I dislike muzak I think here it could have helped.
The couple running it had been there only a month and I have to say seemed slightly out of their depth in a beautiful Georgian restaurant (with rooms).
We were handed the menu - which was a shock as only 3 choices of 1st course, 3 choices of main course (nothing for a vegetarian for instance) and only 2 very ordinary desserts or you could pay £2.95 extra for cheese!
When we were told our table was ready the lady owner charged ahead of us and disappeared round the corner without waiting to see if we were following. Dining room was very pleasant with nicely starched linen on the tables - although a few flowers or a candle wouldn't have gone amiss.
The dishes were badly described on the menu - for example "Braised Beef" in fact turned out to be a rather nice medallion of beef, nicely pink in the middle. My seabass had "parsley sauce" with it which didn't sound very inviting but it was actually an interesting sauce. Vegetables(chunks of carrot, little bit of red cabbage) were just dumped on the plate, not served separately.
I had sticky ginger pudding with icecream - very ordinary & small portion which, when we got the bill, had cost £7 extra over the cost of 2 courses (£15.95) .
A 3 course meal would have cost £22.95 so expected a better choice than that provided. I did ask if any "specials" on or steak, but no - that was it.
Altogether certainly not the experience we had been expecting. I think they need to be a lot more confident in their service and handling of their customers - and also extend their menu!
Just beef, seabass or chicken breast isn't really good enough.
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