A Saturday night meal. On arrival, our reservation wasnt listed, even though it was only booked the day before. However, there was room for us - so this wasnt a problem.
Their web site shows varied and extensive ALC menu. The menu presented to us had about half the dishes on including Fish and Chips and Bangers and Mash. Neither exactly ALC. We had rump steak which was passable but not particularly special.
Every time the front door opened, we were hit by a blast of cold air as the restaurant in situated at the front of the hotel. This could be fixed by installing over door heater as they have over the bar door.
The restaurant plays back ground music but this was drowned as the bar got busier and the music from a private party travelled through.
On paying, there is no signal for card payment in the restaurant. I was lead through the room with the private party going on and to the bar where they could do the transaction. Left waiting like a lemon in a crowded bar while I waited for receipt.
Had to find out own coats as we left.
Found car had been blocked in their car park. One member of staff was completely disinterested and commented that they cant 'police' the car park. The Manager however was very helpful. By having another car moved we could get out and the manager gave us comp bottle wine for inconvenience. That was a nice gesture.
As for returning to The Highworth in the near future? Probably not. There are plenty of other pubs/restaurants in the out lying area to try. Such a shame though as we are local and would like to support local businesses.
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