We did not stay in the hotel, which does look lovely, but we did have a meal in The Coach House Restaurant. We can only assume that the Chef was either having a day off, or was having an extremely bad day! Anthony the waiter was very friendly and attentive, and we felt so sorry for him as he had to deal with the various complaints on his own. The night we went there were only two members of staff in attendance, and there wasn't anyone who appeared to have a management role. We ordered beetroot and smoked cheese salad, and potted shrimps. The salads consisted of a mountain of lettuce, a few beetroot pieces and a few small chunks of cheese. Good if you like lettuce. The shrimps appeared on toast with yet more lettuce. Things started to go really wrong when the mains arrived. Two of our party ordered goats cheese and red onion tart. This consisted of two enormous slabs of pie, another mountain of lettuce and a few very tired potatoes. The pastry in the pie was undercooked, and the goats cheese was hard and crispy. Another in our party ordered the duck confit, which seemed OK. The fourth dish was lamb cutlets which we were assured would be cooked medium rare and pink. When they arrived they were cooked to a cinder and impossible to cut. They came surrounded by a very runny gravy which had radishes in it - very strange! After making a brave attempt to cut the cutlets, they were sent back. As there were no more cutlets available, our friend ordered the poached salmon. This came long after we had all finished our meals, and looked, quite simply, disgusting. The salmon was absolutely smothered in a gooey sauce of indeterminate flavour, another mountain of lettuce and some more of the tired potatoes. The salmon turned out to be raw in the middle and was also sent back. By this time we had had enough, and asked for the bill. It arrived but was not itemised, so we sent it back and asked for an itemised bill. This arrived and was £20 less than the original bill! We have no idea how the bill was made up, but paid it anyway and left, never to return! Our meals were almost certainly not cooked by a professional chef, and we just hope they weren't cooked by Anthony, who appeared to be doing everything else! This really was the worst meal, and experience, we have had for some time and we do hope that they sort out the problems in the kitchen before too long. We weren't the only people complaining so something had gone very wrong on the evening of our visit. Unfortunately it was so bad that we don't feel we can give them the benefit of the doubt again.
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