“IN FUTURE, I WILL BE A HERMIT ..... AND STAY AWAY.”
My partner and I arrived at 7.30pm on a Friday, to find the once-full car park was all but empty, The clues are there.
One family were dining, plus a handful of drinkers at the bar. The pleasant barmaid was still pouring my pint when she was instructed to immediately take us to our table, by an abrupt woman with black dyed hair, black puffy dress and red 6" high heels. I had assumed she was on her way to a disco, not the manager !! Hardly appropriate attire.
As we were ushered away, she said that the menus would be brought over.
After 15 minutes of waiting at a table we didn't want to be sat at -- and were not given a choice of -- we still had no menus, I went back to the bar to ask for them and the same abrupt black-haired woman, told me firmly to return to my table and they would be brought over directly.
I thought, "Just HAND me the damn things" !
The long-awaited menu consisted of two separate sheets of A4 paper. One was the "Regular" dishes and the other was the "Specials".
For Specials, read "additional dishes of extra extortionate price".
How comforting to know that, in these dark days of austerity and financial hardship, a pub can happily charge £6 for a bowl of soup.
We chose the Hermit Chicken which, on arrival, was far too heavily salted. By all means, a chef should be allowed to "season" the dish that is being prepared, but even the garnish salad was salted to within an inch of its life.
As for the chips ... reheated and in old oil. Unappealing.
I am sure that those involved in the Hermit Of Redcoats are trying to offer something different.
A over-priced pub with pretensions, is NOT what was needed.
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