We chose to eat here on Saturday night. The menu looked wonderful and we were genuinely excited about the options available. We hadn’t booked and were shown to a table upstairs which was a disappointing comparison to the cosy and quaint, if not very twee booths downstairs. We laughed that it reminded us of a soulless conference centre or a function room at a very drab hotel. The chairs were too small for the tables, I didn’t feel comfortable but wasn’t too concerned as I thought I was in for a treat of a meal, that this restaurant was “one of those places” where the food was so good the atmosphere and décor would pale into insignificance.
Being vegetarian I ordered the macaroni crumble to start and the spaghetti for my main. The macaroni itself was average; the “crumble topping” consisted of breadcrumbs, which were dry and tasteless. The spaghetti was served swimming in a bowl of water topped with soggy red onions, soggy pear and a fair amount of blue cheese. Had these ingredients have been cooked to perfection and fused together properly (as the menu suggested they would) it would have been a fabulous dinner but unfortunately they were carelessly thrown together which resulted in me feeling ill and dismayed after attempting to eat it.
My friend ordered the chowder to start which she found very disappointing and missing some ingredients that were detailed in the menu. For her main, the fish – which was average and inconsistently cooked, her peas were burnt, I didn’t know it was possible to burn peas.
I can’t fault the service and liked our waitress very much, I was embarrassed to have to complain to her, but the prices were placed high enough to warrant a good standard of food and quite frankly, I felt ripped off. She dealt with it well and to be fair did discount our bill. We paid and left immediately. All in all it was a very disappointing experience.
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