Travelled on a warm sunny Sunday. Punch on arrival and nice benched tables set under awnings to keep the sun off. Food began in earnest and was solid all the way through, I particularly enjoyed the middle courses of chicken terrine followed by BBQ ribs. Mains were small and thoughtful: salmon and beef fillet, however the longer the day progressed the slower the service became, to the point where we were getting sore bums waiting for the next course to come through. This spacing may give you more time to digest, but 5 hours of eating and drinking makes for a lot of tired and slightly wilted people.
I agree with the previous reviewer, that the entertainment was somewhat at odds with the setting. It began as light guitar music and singing, but progressed in the later afternoon to an almost karaoke-style family cabaret, several of the operators getting a go on the mic and one of the kids having a birthday cake/song in the middle of our meal. I’m all for a family-oriented experience, but after 4 hours I’d had more than enough of the jolly old lassie pumping out “Suspicious Minds” and mincing up “Rawhide”, much to her own pleasure. Not that the folks couldn’t sing, but just they started to do so with some gusto, to the point where we found ourselves almost having to shout our table conversations, to elevate them above the family shindig.
In summary: food was good, courses varied and well received at our table. Service was initially very good and then progressively slower. It certainly was a 5-hour lunch and this starts to take its toll on a warm day. Entertainment started out as it should have finished – light background guitar, but unfortunately it ramped up into twee karaoke, where I felt like an intruder at a family birthday party, Granny and Aunty Lynn having cracked one too many bottles and funnelling their blurry energy into the loud speakers.
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