I had reviewed the Knockderry some time back and thought it was one of the best places to go to eat and stay within the area. Unfortunately something seems to have gone very wrong with the place.
Since i was last there about a year ago they seem to have either replaced the chef or he has gone seriously off the boil. I was in Scotland last week and was really looking forward to going to this place for lunch to have some great food and enjoy the lovely bar and restaurant. When we got the menu for lunch the description of the food was, as it had been in the past, very understated. This is fine with me with what sounds like quite simple food being really beautifully prepared and served. However, the understated menu wasn’t that it was actually just boring descriptions of equally boring food. Two people in my party had the hake tempura which turned up as tiny anaemic fillets of fish and some chips in soggy batter. Another two had the rump steak which was so thin i think it might need to have been cut by a laser, considering it was so thin it was a bit of a joke to be asked how i wanted it cooked considering it could realistically only come out well done. All of this would have been slightly bearable if it was a cheap place to go and eat but at £21.95 for three courses it was a lot of money for really poor food and service.
The restaurant only had one other table occupied when we were there but the service was still really slow and rather haphazard which culminated in me having to go and find the waitress to ask for the bill, she was sitting in the reception behind the desk and looked like i was interrupting her to ask for this. When we were leaving we again had to go past the reception with the ever helpful waitress behind it, i don’t expect an effusive explosion of gratitude for my patronage but i do expect some sort of acknowledgement of my presence. When the five of us where standing next to the waitress i said goodbye and thanks, in return i got a nice nothing.
In the end when we were leaving we were the only people in the place, the way things are going i can see that carrying on for here
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