On a lovely sunny Saturday evening, during a short stay in Bude, we strolled through the very charming town and came upon The Brendon Arms. Really well postioned, with great views from the sunny front garden down the river/canal that hallmarks this town, plus the sunset - due in a few hours.We got drinks and decided to have some food. We were tired and hungry after setting off from the East Midlands at 4am, and spending the day fishing in Port Gaverne. As soon as I had queued, ordered, and paid for, our meal (burgers, nothing special) a notice was put up saying there was a 45 minute wait for service. Not happy about this, I said so, but was nonetheless reluctant to cancel and start looking again. I rather hoped they were being over generous in their estimate.
They were not being over generous. In fact, our food eventually arrived an hour later. By this time the sun HAD set, and it was cold in the garden. We had been able to find a table inside and the waitress efficiently told the kitchens of the change, without fuss. After a few more drinks to pass the time we were feeling very tired and hungry, as well as a tad woozy!
However, when the food did finally turn up it really was very good. Given we did have just burgers, we were not expecting anything particularly special but, they were delicious. It is rare to say a plain old burger is very tasty but, this one was. My husband also enjoyed his spicy veg burger. Generous portions, freshly cooked (I should think so!), and quality ingredients. The waitress was very good, even though clearly run off her feet.
I accept the pub was very busy, the tables were constantly full and there must have been a few hundred covers done that night. But, an hours wait, without so much as even a bowl of olives to stave off hunger is a bit much. The meals are not especially cheap, either, so I would think the manager could afford to draft in a few extra hands on busy nights - which, given a sunny Saturday in one of the prime locations in Cornwall could be expected.
All in all, not bad. A traditional inn, with above average food, I have to mark it down for the slow service.
I did offer an apology for my grumpy response to the FOH girl, by the way. It was kindly acknowledged, too!
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