We have tried desperately to like this venue .. 25 years ago this year my husband proposed to me here, and we really really wanted to like the place as it would have been very appropriate to hold our 25th wedding anniversary celebration with friends and family here.
We first went a few months ago and the place was looking tired and tatty, we struggled to find a decent chair to sit at and the food wasn't much better ... however, we were told that they were due a refurbishment so we decided to reserve judgement until after that.
We revisited yesterday and it looks lovely. It looks much more high class, the staff were helpful, numerous and fairly attentive. I would suggest, however, in order to maintain the "look" of high class, they should perhaps not still have those little sachets of sauce on the table!
We ordered our food, which did take rather a long time to come .. we didn't time it, but we have been for meals before and know roughly how long we should wait .. this was bordering on "long" .. the place wasn't particularly busy .. there were a lot of staff just hanging about with not a lot to do, but it wasn't empty .. and it is a large place so customers were spread out.
Unfortunately, the food did not live up to expectations. For the price, and because of the quality of the surroundings, we expected much more.
I had a chicken and prawn thai green curry with wild rice ... the chicken was dry and the curry was as well .. more of a paste than a curry sauce. Rice was okay though.
My husband had turkey and leek pie, which he was told would come with new potatoes, but actually turned up with chips. He didn't really mind, as he was hungry and he likes chips too .. although they were rather soggy and overcooked. He said his pie was dry and underseasoned.
One of my sons had welsh rarebit with chips off the childrens menu .. the toast was soggy and they had piled three half slices on top of one another, where they had all congealed together.
The only meal that seemed okay was my youngest's, who had a burger and chips. The burger was passable (A little dry, but I think it's difficult to keep thin burgers moist .. he just used a lot of ketchup from the sachets) .. again the chips weren't very nice .. I tried one .. they seemed slightly underdone in the middle, soggy on the outside and over-browned .. I don't know if they had perhaps been cooked once and left to one side, and then re-cooked to reheat.
Basically, our guideline for ourselves is that if we could have cooked it better ourselves, then it wasn't worth it ... certainly that was true here.
If you're really hungry, or if you want it for the location, then feel free to try it (I'd suggest going for sandwiches rather than cooked meals).
Note that we only visited for a meal .. we were going to check out the rooms for people who wanted to stop over, but after eating decided that it was not the venue to hold our celebration, so I cannot comment on the hotel part of it.
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