This Harvester is in a nice spot all in all. Not slap bag in the town, not too far out and also generally a trouble free spot with no mobs of drunken lads or Sport being blasted out from a 50" TV. That's where it all ends I'm afraid. Now I have been to this place several times for a meal and for a drink and I have to say, it wasn't bad, but that was over a year ago.
So, one Friday at about 5pm having had to leave our house while an Estate Agent did a viewing we decided to go for a quick drink until we got the all clear to go back home. We arrived at the Harvester to find it full of a large group of people from a nearby factory who had it in their heads that they and they alone had free reign of the bar area and that anyone else had to make do with finding a gap near the end of the bar to place an order. The staff could have asked them to make room, they didn't. So, drinks ordered and bodies negotiated we tried to find somewhere to sit and there being only two vacant tables it left little choice (I know, lots of pubs are like this but I need to paint a picture). Both the tables were covered in spilt beer, empty glasses and crisp packets. One was in a corner with no light and the other wedged behind a table of 10 in the bar area eating a meal. Neither table appealed to us to we went into the area that sat between the bar and the main restaurant and sat down only to find a waitress wanting to know if we were ready to order. Having said no, we were told we could not sit at the table as it was for diners only. We explained about the tables in the bar and the waitress vanished (as had her huge smile) only to return with a manager who also told us we had to move. I said sorry but no but we would if someone came and asked to sit where we were. He said we would still have to move but again I said no, we just want to have a quiet drink. At this he said we could stay but may have to move in 2 minutes when a customer came in. We sat out our drinks and not a soul appeared yet the "diners" in the Bar area were still making merry and the two vacant tables still untouched and dirty.
Now, I know that Harvester consider themselves a restaurant and bar and not the other way round but the single minded " you can't sit here" was what riled us on top of the untidy an scruffy seating in the bar area. Nor was it really necessary for them to have made such an issue to a couple who clearly were not going to be long or refuse to move if a customer wanted to sit where we were near the main entrance and outside the main restaurant area!
To make matters worse having written a complain via the Harvester website I had to chase up a response which resulted in an even less happy conclusion. I received a telephone call from the Manager who gave one of the least convincing apologies for the manner in which the issue was dealt with and failed to address the issues I had raised in the complaint which in addition to the dirty tables included the unfortunate habit by the local smokers to stand right outside the doors into the pub so that anyone entering had to negotiate the smoke from them.
All in all it was the attitude of the duty manager, the Harvester Manager and to a lesser extent the waitress who could have used some discretion in the first place and made sure we didn't block the table. Grumpy about it? Yes but it was a series of badly handled minor issues that have led me to this rant and a fervent desire never to enter the madhouse again!
There are far far better pubs serving food in Chichester than this place with a manager with more charm.
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