We were staying in Braithwaite on the caravan site & decided to eat here as last year so I cannot comment on the hotel facilities. We were treated very efficiently in the bar whilst ordering our food & perused the quite extensive menu for some time noting the attention to detrail in giving the provenance of meats etc. The real ales were all local & very well kept, these we enjoyed thoroughly.
After a days walking on the fells in somewhat inclemant conditions the two carnivores amongst us decided to go for the comfort of steak & ale pie whilst our "veggie" friend went for the Stumpy goats cheese tart.
The starters we had were of good quality but unfortunately the mains were not up to the same standard, the goats cheese tart was quite good but the salad accompanying it somewhat tasteless. The steak in the pie was four very large pieces covered in a separately (over)cooked crust, however the main problem was that the cooking of the meat , this may have been cooked slowly but had clearly been cooked at too high a temperature (a fundamental error) as the meat had become tough & dry, each piece being difficult to cut & even more difficult to chew - we really should have sent it back, neither of us finished it. I also saw another diner on an adjacent table having the same difficulty.
When it came to time to choose deserts one of us asked what flavours of sorbet they had, the waiter simply shrugged & said he didn't know but one might be blackcurrant, no offer was made to find out for us, the other waiting staff were actually very helpful. The Eton Mess was flavoursome & actually the best part of the meal but lacked any real texture of meringue.
We were disapointed, as last year we had our best meal here, this time it was our worst, we will be back to Braithwaite again next year, but not to this restaurant.
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