Yesterday, Christmas Eve 2012 we went to Hare's Leap for our per-booked Xmas dinner. We were very impressed with the pre- booking contact via email so that they could get the correct amount of ingredients bought in and prepared for us, without waste which I thought was very good. On arrival we all loved the place with the log stove which created a great atmosphere for our outing. The staff were very pleasant and service was very good. We had a pea and something crostini for starter which was very good, my daughter had a glass of wine which she described as cheap and nasty. Now here comes the massive disappointment, we had pre ordered a turkey breast parcel wrapped in bacon with stuffing in the middle and served with pan jus, roast potatoes, carrots and red cabbage. When the meal arrived the waiter apologised for it not being what we had ordered, what they gave us was two slices of turkey a la Bernard Matthews style, a strip of bacon on top and a slice of stuffing, the pan jus? May have been Bisto instant gravy but quite frankly wasn't as tasty as that. The carrots were virtually raw, the cabbage (a dessert spoonful) was great. The three roast potatoes though small were ok, the turkey was so dry I couldn't eat it even with extra pan jus, ( I do have a problem swallowing dry food but I can eat anything as long as there is a sauce) I couldn't eat it in fact I had to spit it out on to the plate and abandon it altogether. Comments flew round the table like, "reminds me of a school dinner" etc. for £12.00 we were feeling well ripped of and disappointed, the portion size was small too to say the least. MacDonalds Festive burger was now being discussed as the next stop! The vegetarian option which my wife had was very good!! Though she would have liked more sauce. My son didn't want a Christmas dinner and ordered soup and a sandwich, the soup was good, but the cheese sandwich was about 3 inches thick filled with grated cheese and was difficult to eat, and mostly bread. Needless to say we decided to abandon the idea of dessert and coffee and head elsewhere. The waiter asked if everything was ok, I told him no it wasn't and that we were very disappointed with our meal. He told the chef, no one spoke to us about the meal and when we got the bill and paid full price for everything, they gave us a voucher for 10% off our next visit, which as you can imagine was just adding insult to injury as we'd already decided never to go back again. Another major point is the red hot stove which adds wonderful ambience to the place has the word HOT written in chalk on the side of it, it is not protected by a guard of any kind, if I was taking young children there I would be very careful as this is a serious health and safety risk.
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