When I booked I could only get the early 1200hrs sitting which was ok. This was our first visit to The Crabtree. When we sat down we were seated beside a rather lukewarm radiator and felt cold. One lady sitting on table beside us sat with coat on throughout lunch. We did comment to the waiter who just said they had had problems with heating earlier on but maybe they should have lit the fire and put heating on much earlier in the morning ready for lunch as this was an exceptionally cold day for late March!
We ordered from the Sunday lunch menu. Soup very tasty. Hock and Pate starters very good. My fish starter was nice but very small portion of smoked salmon served and no brown bread or roll offered.
Roast rump of Redlands farm beef was very tender, good sized portion and very well received as were the giant yorkshire puddings...definately the best roast beef tasted recently. My Sussex shoulder of lamb also very tasty. Good choice of seasonal vegetable served separately. My husband thought they were undercooked but I liked them. Excellent to find local produce mentioned on menu.
Sticky toffee portion...large serving...scrumptious. Chocolate brownie...delicious.
Apart from feeling cold my only other comment would be that we sat with an array of unnecessary glasses on our table throughout meal and we had to ask for water.
All in all I would recommend this restaurant for a very well presented reasonably priced Sunday lunch served in a professional, no fuss manner.
When we left the place was buzzing, very cosy atmosphere and car park full. We live not far away.
We will be back!
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