We had dinner at the Purple Parsnip last Friday before going to see a comedian at the Marine Theatre. We had seen a review in the local press which was a little negative but decided to give this new, local enterprise the benefit of the doubt Unfortunately, our table for 2 was quite close to the bar (bizarrely most tables were set up for 6-8 diners) where the waitresses chatted over-enthusiastically amongst themselves and the Maitre D' spent most of the time talking so loudly on the phone it got to the point where we felt almost part of his conversation. Service was slow despite there being only 1 other table of 2 occupied when we dined. The starters were ok - garlic mushrooms in a lovely creamy sauce with home-made bread. When the main courses arrived, we had a steak and a chicken dish, they were really bland without any seasoning at all. Also, we had to remind the waitresses to bring cutlery and had to request water more than once. Great location and super potential, but with so much choice in Lyme they need to pay more attention to customer service and flavourings.
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