Booked for 3 p.m. Mothers Day. Very busy and didn't get to our table until 3.20 but as it was packed for MD I wasn't that bothered. Ordered straight away and asked for our two childrens mains to come at the same time as our starters. This happened, but not until 4 p.m! Starters were delicious, the whitebait and goats cheese salad. My son said his spaghetti carbonara was delicious, and my daughter was happy with her spaghetti with butter and ham. So far, so good (apart from the wait!) and I couldn't wait for our mains. But I did wait, and wait, and wait... At 5.10 I told the Manageress I was not prepared to wait any longer and we were going to leave. She went away and came back and said our meals were just about to come out, so we hung on. We'd been at the restaurant for over two hours and had only had our starters.
The veal with spaghetti bolognese I had was ok, but isn't bolognese supposed to be a meat sauce, mine was just tomato sauce. Can't remember what my wife had, but she did say it was nice.
So, no major issue with the food, but the service leaves a lot to be desired.
When I was discussing the issue with the Manageress she said that they had to wait until they'd served one table before they could start on another tables meals as they only had a small kitchen! Amazed they can run the place like this!
Oh, they did take the cost of some olives and ciabatta off of our bill because of the wait, but I don't think I'd bother again.
I rather fancied a coffee, but thought it might get served up with a bowl of cereal the next morning!
I am also curious about the bolognese sauce. I must remember to ask an italian friend of mine if this is normal.
If I was marking this on the food alone, it would be a four. If it was on the service alone, it would be a big fat zero. So in the interests of fairness, they get a two.
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