We ate here six months ago and really enjoyed the meal so we were ver much looking forward to visiting again. Unfortunately, our return visit was very disappointing. I had the tomato and pepper soup which was so overwhelmed with black pepper it was ruined for me. It should have been sold as spicy tomato and red pepper soup, if it had I wouldn't have chosen it. Customers should know if a food is going to be spicy. For a main my husband chose the hake and when it was served we couldn't believe what we saw. The fish portion was so small we thought he'd been served a small child's portion. Charging nearly £16 for this one would expect to have a whole fillet not a third of it. ( A few days later we dinned in another establishment and I chose lemon sole and was served two large fillets of sole for less ). Then for dessert he chose a deconstructed tart citroen which was served on a thin flat base of pasty unfortunately, the balance of this tart was totally wrong making it a claggy rather than cleansing experience. Some parts of the meal were well prepared and well displayed but insufficient, other elements were incomplete or badly balanced. We were disappointed.
We cannot fault the front of house staff for their attentiveness and their professional attitude. The premises is warm and friendly. Unfortunately they were let down by the kitchen which provided food that was not providing value for money. The serving staff did offer to take the hake back to the kitchen and replace it but we declined as all the other meals had been served. They did provide some additional vegetables free of charge but by the time they arrived everyone had finished their meals.
We do not want to put people off coming here as we believe that this may only be a temporary lapse and they will again concentrate on providing the food and the prices which will have us and our friends returning on a regular basis as this is a lovely country pub to dine in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within this 17th Century building, Jane Gould has brought about her own vision of a traditional English Country Inn. Amongst the wood burning stoves, cosy corners and sharing tables you will find hearty interesting food, lovingly restored bedrooms featuring large beds with snuggly duvets and a choice of pillows and fabulous en-suite bathrooms with powerful showers, some roll-top baths and Bramley products.The daily changing menu is interesting but not overwhelming and there is always great range of well-kept Real Ales, including the Inn’s own Fleur Ale, brewed specially by Hall & Woodhouse.The Inn at Cranborne is fast becoming a focal point of the delightful village of Cranborne, set as it is in the heart of Cranborne Chase with its ample opportunities for fishing and shooting. It is a short drive to the New Forest, the beautiful Jurassic Coast and the sandy beaches of Bournemouth. Winborne, Salisbury, Shaftesbury and many gardens and historic places are within an easy drive. The area is also great for cycling and walking, with Jubilee trail right on our doorstep. ... more less
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