We have eaten here before... A few years ago and have stayed many times at the sister hotel The Tempest arms. All been good. We booked a table at 7 last Thursday. We turned up, the place was busy. Things didn't start well when we had to wait 5 mins at the bar before being acknowledged. Lots of staff, no managers all running around but actually not getting anywhere. The dining room upstairs was extremely stuffy and hot. The down lighters made it unpleasant so we eventually moved . The place was noticeable by a lack of atmosphere. Service was slow, although the waiting staff were pleasant and apologized . Food was ok... Nothing special. We ate at the nearby punchbowl in crosthwaite the next day and would recommend it.
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