Went to the Bell to eat last Saturday evening, the third time we'd been. Having had the triple cooked chips and the lovely steaks on the previous two occasions, I was expecting more of the same. Everything went well and we got our drinks and were seated quickly. For starters we had the soup of the day (cream of tomato), the fish cake and the bread and olives. The soup was very thick and a little granular in texture & the fish cake was not evenly heated and came with sweet chilli sauce instead of the sauce on the menu with no mention or apology.
We were most disappointed with the steaks. We ordered three 8oz rumps, 2 medium and one medium to well done. The steaks arrived and were completely different sizes, one was a tiny finger shaped steak whilst the other two were significantly larger! And the triple cooked chips just didn't seem to be the same, they didn't have the mild taste of garlic and weren't as chunky or deliciously crispy as we had had on our previous visits. We had to chase up the pepper sauce that
we had ordered as it didn't come out at the same time as the steaks.
There were two waitresses on duty, one of whom looked like she would really rather not be there and made me feel rather uncomfortable, never smiling and having a dead pan face all the time.
When the bill was paid, the man at the bar asked whether we had enjoyed our meal and when it was mentioned that we had been a couple of time previously and that we hadn't enjoyed it as much this time, nothing was said in way of apology and no reduction was offered to the bill!
I would have had mo hesitation in recommending this pub to friends but now I would not based on our most recent visit. I'm wondering whether the chef was off or has changed? Unfortunately, I think we will be looking for another local eatery....
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