My mother in law was recommended this by a friend of hers, non of us had ever heard of it before. The reviews on TripAdvisor were good (I was a little put off by the fruit salad in a plastic tub picture - that in no way reflects the restaurant!).I tried to google it but couldn't find an official website, just a general hooton pagnell village website which offered a phone number, which I rang to book a table. The Hostel only opens in the evenings during mid week so if you are phoning, ring after 6.30pm. The member of staff I spoke to was lovely and very helpful. She explained that their website was under construction and will hopefully be sorted soon but happily read the menu to me and explained that the menu changed each week. She also explained that with advance notice almost all dietary requirements can be met so just to let them know in advance.
The Hostel is not very easy to find on a dark night, but a quick call from the car and the staff guided us in, even then we almost drove past it! (postcode/sat nav issues)
We went on a saturday evening and it was not busy but maybe we just fell on a quiet weekend, as the weather was pretty bad. The building is just beautiful from the outside, looked great in the dark, so I imagine its even better on a bright sunny day! The restaurant area is up a flight of quite steep stairs (could be a problem for people who find stairs difficult), although there is a hand rail to help. On arriving in the restaurant we were greeted by lovely warm welcoming staff. The restaurant is very cosy, intimate, however you want to term the word small, but it does add to the lovely warm feel of the place and the character of the building certainly is charming.
The menu choice was fantastic there were some good veggie options, something for everyone. The meals were beautifully presented, they almost looked too good to eat! As we all tucked in all you could hear was yummy noises being made, a good sign at any dinner table. We all agreed, some of the best food we have had in a restaurant in Doncaster in a long while. We completely cleared the plates, but this is not a reflection on the portion size, it was just so delicious. The staff were faultless, very friendly and were happy to help.
I will certainly be going again and although I want to recommend, Im a bit scared that the rave reviews might end up in having to book a table months in advance!!
I have only ticked average for "families with children". As it is such a small place, children would need to be sat at the table, no space to play away from the table/entertain themselves. Although, in the sunnier weather, there is a large outside area where children could run about and burn off some energy - I guess it depends on what type of children you have and what the weather is doing!
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