We were staying in Swanage and went to the Scott Arms for a meal on a recommendation. There were 8 of us and it was a busy Saturday night but they managed to "squeeze us in" for an early table.
When we arrived, having only booked about an hour before we got there, the table was laid for 6 instead of 8 and on asking a waitress put two more sets of cutlery on the table, but no extra chairs! I think she thought 5 of us could squeeze onto the bench seat on one side of the table.
My husband went to the bar to order drinks for everyone - only one person serving and she was taking a large order, then some other people tried to push in until he spoke up and told her he was actually next! At that point she asked for help behind the bar.
4 of us ordered steak - which all went back as it was barely lukewarm. One of our party had calves liver and this came on a very sloppy bed of mash - not presented very well in my opinion. A few of us had puds - can't recall what but mine was something chocolatey and was ok. Only one of our party said they really enjoyed their food.
The views from the garden are amazing but I think this pub needs to decide whether it's a pub with food, or has aspirations to be a gastro pub type of establishment. It's certainly not the latter. Maybe a smaller menu would enable them to do food really well, instead of offering several badly prepared dishes. Pretty expensive for the standard of food and service as well.
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