My partner and I went to Kirkharle today and we left very disappointed indeed. Most of the shops were closed despite a sign saying shops open and another saying business as usual from the 2nd of January. Despite this, we had a look at the shops which were open and some of them had interesting items for sale at reasonable prices.
However, as you can see from the title our main gripe was the cafe. The actual room itself is very pleasant, bright, clean and welcoming. We sat down and waited, as it was table service. It wasn't busy but it took a staggering TEN minutes before anyone came over.
We ordered 1 coffee and a water for drinks and 2 Traditional British platters which came to £17.50, absolutely extortionate. The high prices were across the menu too, sandwiches were about 7 pounds each and scones were 3 pounds.
The coffee and water took another 10 minutes to arrive. I'm sorry but that is completely unacceptable, especially considering it wasn't busy. Then it took ANOTHER 15 minutes before the food arrived, baring in mind that it was a cold platter. Absolutely terrible and what was more annoying was there was no apology for the time it took. The food was decent but was no where near worth the money.
I would strongly advise against going in the cafe unless it is completely empty and you have money to throw away. The only reason I haven't put terrible is because the room was nice and the food was average.
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