We went here for a group meal, 6 of us, because we had heard good things about the place and hoped to find another great place to eat in Carmarthen town. High hopes that were soon dashed.
It was busy enough for a good atmosphere and we were all up for a great time.
We selected our wine and our starters and mains.
I had gone for the smoked duck (starter) and Steak for the main.
Starters turned up and mine was presented with a lid on it which when you lifted it released smoke for a bit of theatrics. Unfortunately that is where the 'theatrics' ended. The duck and side salad tasted so smokey it was how I would imagine a bomfire would taste. It was so bad that I didn't dare go in for another taste my mouth was like an ashtray. My friend saw that I was not eating my meal and before I could say anything had dived in to taste the duck. She very quickly expelled the duck from her mouth and agreed with me that it was just simply inedable.
When the waitress eventually came to clear the table she did ask if everyone had enjoyed their starter. She could obviously tell from my plate still being pretty much intact that I had not, so I explained to her why I had not eaten it to which she just simply floated of without an apology or statement that she would pass my comments to the chef. Waste of time asking really then. So don't bother.
I had ordered my steak rare, I prefer it medium rare but sometimes find if you ask for this you could end up with medium to well done and I like rare but just hate over cooked steak.
The steak turned up and guess what, it was ' well done ', not something you would expect from a restaurant that claims good food and at over 22 quid for a steak you expect what you order.
The two meals were a disgrace.
The wine which we had had only two bottles of, 'rose', we had gone to order a third, not too many for a party of 6 and considering everyone else in the restaurant seemed to be drinking red or white, we were surprised to then be told that they had run out, seriously, only two bottles of rose on a Saturday night, I have more bottles than that at home.
Dessert came, creme brulee, which I must say was a very nice dessert and full of taste, well done for this.
Cheese board followed which, although had plenty of cheese on it, did lack in the pickle department. We asked if we could have a little more to which we were told they had run out. Again, pickle, run out, the stuff does not go off so get more jars in in advance.
Aside from the dessert the meal was a complete waste of money. The service between plates was long, and I don't normally mind a little wait as we have so much talking going on, but this was way too long.
The lack of rose wine there is no excuse for. Again wine does not go off that quick so get a few more bottles in, you are a restaurant after all and I don't think that we are the only people who drink rose wine.
The meal averaged just over 50 pounds per head, a total waste of money.
If you look on my reviews, and I have quite a few on Tripadvisor now, you will find that in the most we have written lots of good things. For this place that is way to hard to do.
Without doubt we will not be visiting here again in the near future, we will continue our search for better places to eat around the area and be avoiding this one for sure.
It is a real shame because this place has a prime location, a great little building and could be so much more, but I think from the lack of stock we may not see it for much longer. Just from experience.
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