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“Very Disappointing” 1 of 5 stars
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Star Inn
Bentley, Main road, Farnham GU9 0LJ, England
01420 23184
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Ranked #47 of 92 restaurants in Farnham
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Farnham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Very Disappointing”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

A friend recommended the Star so I checked out its website for a birthday celebration with friends last Saturday evening. It certainly looked the part - owned by a farmer, local produce and a chef trained by one of the Rouxs, so we booked.

It is a nice pub, good real ales and friendly staff.

Unfortunately the food was dreadful. The fillet steak was the size of a small hamburger, the batter on fish was soft and limp, one of the pices of fish seemed like sardine rather than cod, all was served with burnt potato wedges and the mushy peas offered were mashed up frozen peas.

I can only assume the talented chef has left or was on holiday.

We left after the main course, very disappointed and won't be returning.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Alton, United Kingdom
1 review
“Delicious Food in a real pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We have eaten at The Star on several occasions over the past 3 months and have always had excellent food and service. It has returned to a traditional country pub with a warm welcome where a girl feels happy to wait for friends on her own and which also offers proper coffee and home-made cakes in the mornings as a meeting venue either for business or after a dog walk. We have been with and without children and would thoroughly recommend this pub to everyone.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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surrey
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“a poor and expensive meal”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

After having a pleasant snack here earlier in the week we decided to try the Sunday roast and took some friends.
What a disappointment, no vegetarian option was offered although mentioned when we booked. They finally offered aubergine with a slab of goats cheese on top.The roast beef was OK, nice and rare but the pork was very poor.Tepid, fatty and with what passed for crackle on the top, roast potatoes, parsnips and yorkshires for all of us were overdone and the veg was sparse.The gravy was tasteless. We tried the puddings, my chocolate brownie was underdone, and was raw ( not just moist) in the centre. My friend fared better as she had an end portion.
Cheese board ok , filo pastry crisp dessert was overdone.
We mentioned to the waitress we were unhappy with the roast pork but got no response from the kitchen.
We had a pleasant bottle of Merlot and the beer was good. Sadly though an expensive and disappointing meal overall.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Farnham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Consistently good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

My wife and I have eaten at the Star Inn Bentley several times with both friends and family over the past three months and on every occasion the food has been outstanding. Grant the Chef is a real talent and has helped to make this pub a real gem. All of the staff are friendly and help create a great pub atmosphere. This pub is well worth a visit and it is highly likely that we'll be going back VERY regularly.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great Sunday lunch for 22 people - quite a feat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

A group of 22 of my family went to The Star Inn for Sunday lunch to celebrate my mother's 81st birthday. Without exception, we all enjoyed it thoroughly. My mother lives in Bentley, so we had previously visited The Star, and we chose it as the food has always been good in the past.

Although we arrived on time, as always with large groups it took ages before we were all seated and ready to order. Once the main courses were finished, everyone was swapping seats and disappearing off to the bar, making it really hard to keep track of who had ordered what, but the staff remained very relaxed, and we never felt rushed or pressured.

We had a choice of roast beef or roast lamb, which was served all at once, hot, and with extra bowls of yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes, most of which were eaten. The mint sauce and horseradish sauce were both home made, which was a nice touch. Those who had desserts were very happy with them, particularly the crumble, although making it a dish for two to share almost led to some arguments.

The pub has a relaxed feel, with lots of comfortable seating and an open fire. It's the perfect pub for Sunday lunch on a chilly day in November.

I see that The Star got a bad review on that same day, and I suspect that was because of our party, which is a real shame. All I can say is that every member of our group was very happy with the food and the service, and we will definitely be going back again.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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