Well we always stop here en route as I have said as I don't have to deviate from my route and I am tired from travelling all day. We stopped here twice this time as we were fetching a relative to the UK and taking them home again. The 1st stop at the Hippo was its usual bearable the 2nd trip however was very bad. I don't enjoy writing bad reviews either as everywhere has reedamble qualities and I always look for the positive. The staff are always attentive and pleasant. Looking at there Web it appears that a Mrs Albino is the Manager. She has never been about when we have eaten there. We arrived at 6.00pm. They say they open all day. Well they were open but there was no one to greet us and we and another couple just wandered about looking for some sign of life. The music on their TV was blaring. When someone did arrive we had to ask them to turn it down as we could not hear them speak. We chose a table with an overhead light that was working! The glasses were dishwasher scuffed. My partners minute lamb chops, I am not a vegetarian but I am picturing the size of the tiny tiny animal it would have been from, were cooked from frozen as they were tough and barey edible. My pork spare ribs again tiny weeny little things, the meat on it would not have filled a matchbox. It had a weired taste and the pepper auce was chemical and watery. The chips were warm but went cold quickly as the plates were cold. My family both had green beans, one were sent back as they were stone cold. One portion was dull grey green from a tin, the other bright green from a freezer bag. One portion accompanied grilled salmon which was fine. Pudding was a creme brulee and icecream (Ben & Jerry's) which were good and well, Ben & Jerry's out of a tub I presume. The coffee arrived cold which we sent back the 2nd ones were tepid a problem with the machine we were told. After so many complaints we asked if the waiting staff had told the chefs, they said had but none of them appeared. A plus was they have filled in the potholes in the carpark. The council have raised the camber at the entrance slighly but I still have to do a slalem to try and not scrape the bumper. The pasture which was home to the white cattle at the rear is nowgradually becoming a housing estate and the farm buildings have fallen in to a state of disrepair. When I return to France I will probably have to make a detour and find somewhere else. I am told there is a Buffalo Grill and also La Criee which I do go to in the vicinity. I just dont fancy fish after a days drive. Ah well.
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