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“The Hippo has sunk to the bottom of the pond”
Review of Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed September 21, 2013

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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1  Thank MarkMidland
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Actually, we had dinner here only because all the other restaurant in the area were closed. I understood it's a grilled meat restaurant, there's nothing really wrong only it's a little bit too expensive for the food they're serving, some salad, hamburgers, meat with no special preparation... Also the beer is more expensive thant the average, but nothing tragic. Staff was nice. I'm not saying it's to be avoided, but surely you can eat better and more for the same money in France.

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Reviewed September 5, 2011

This was the closest restaurant we could find to the etap hotel. Until we sat down I didnt know the prices but we were tired after a long day travelling. I thought the price of over £200 for a meal of burgers for 10 people seemed a lot but we each had a drink and 5 had deserts. Everything was very tasty though. The burgers were nothing like a fast food joint.

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Reviewed May 21, 2011

We eat here as it is the only place open on Sundays and we often arrive on a that day, tired and hungry and just of the motorway. It is, I would guess an American or American style restaurant tailored to the French palette but over priced for what you receive. It has a decent sized softly lit car park accessed off an old fashioned road with a very deep camber. If there is no traffic I can manuver sideways to avoid scraping the bumper. But it is a rare occasion when I can manage it. The once pleasant view of the countryside is now being encroached upon by buildings appearing in the fields still dotted by white cattle.
The interior is made up of three dining areas of timbered walls, well lit by natural light and low Ikea type pendant lights with TV's on the walls showing film reviews with much aimed at children. The menus are big glossy and have pictures. The waiting staff nod that they can speak English - but they don't. After our aperitifs of port, which they put ice in without asking and kettle chips, some fresh some soggy (they come from a huge basin on the bar as you enter and anyone can dip in them) we chose only mains as we had been travelling all day. I had grilled chicken, which was moist, but could have been anything. All I tasted was the grill. My partner ordered three lamb cutlets, (3 was the minimum order) a point (pink to me) very thin and very tiny. I tried a piece and it just tasted of grill and it was very well done. We had a good portion of luke warm thin chips and french beans, which were tinned or frozen, not fresh beans, but which we could keep on ordering. The service was quick and pleasant, we had a bottle of wine. The only reasonably priced wine was in a pitcher. For dessert we had chocolate craquant with creme Anglaise, which was enough for two, and creme brulee. We noted that the ice cream on offer was Benny & Jerry's brand. We finished off with 2 expensive expressos but they were excellent.
The loos were pristine and modern with a shared hand basin for both sexes like a giant mortar (without a pestle.) Soft music and a sweet scent. The cost of our 2 course meal wine, coffee and drinks is what we would normally pay for 3 courses of a finer quality.

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6  Thank MarkMidland
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