We had a few great meals and evenings here when we first moved to the area in 2006. However, since then things have deteriorated drastically. Annoying that the website doesn't show sample menus. We've eaten in the main restaurant and the Minstrel's Bistro previously. The last time my husband and I ate here was in the bristro in July 2008. It was a Friday night and the hotel was quiet. A chef who cannot even produce a decent Caesar salad should be shot! Limp chips covered in a black slim (the oil in the deep frier must have needed changing). Very poor choice of menu. 3 of the choices were salads. I complained to the Manager but he couldn't care less. Said that people liked a good selection of salads in the summer.
We were then looking for an anniversary dinner in the autumn so thought we'd give it another chance, especially as we live nearby. Again, rang and asked for a menu to be emailed. In October it was still the same menu as the summer, with the same salads! Since moving to this area 3 years ago the standards in the restaurant and bistro have dropped considerably. They produce 'ding' food and very poor 'ding' food at that.
Again, this year, we wanted somewhere for a nice meal nearby. Surely things will have improved by now. Again I asked to see the menu in advance. Change of menu but so unimaginative in both the restaurant and bistro. We wouldn't risk it. It needs a change of chef and manager. We heard that the hotel was under new ownership. If that is so, it hasn't changed anything. Absolutely disgusted. Go to McDonald's instead!
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